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Recently, I was asked if God puts a dream in your heart, did He put it there for the purpose of fulfilling it, or did He just put it there?
It’s a question we all have to wrestle with at some point or another – especially when we feel like our lives are in limbo.
I know the Lord has placed on my heart to pray for my sons to be in full-time ministry – to be world changers for His glory – to be godly men who will turn this world upside down for Christ. It’s the cry of my heart – it’s the desire I long to see God fulfill.
Parts of that prayer have come to pass, other parts haven’t. But it’s coming – oh yes, sweet friend, it’s coming!
I remember when I knew I was called to the mission field 7 years before Donald was. My heart ached for Africa. I prayed for Africa all the time.
We ended up in Costa Rica. I had to learn Spanish, not Swahili.
You see, God put the desire for the mission field in my heart. But there was no mistake about it – He had also put Africa on my heart.
And so, I began to do what most of us do when things don’t seem to be going the way we expected – I began wrestling with God.
Why in the world would the Lord place Africa so heavy on my heart if I was going to end up in Costa Rica?
The answer finally came in one of those ‘still small voice’ moments… “You prayed for Africa, didn’t you!”
The desire caused me to pray like crazy. The desire to go wasn’t fulfilled, so I had to rest in the fact that God not only chooses what desire He places in our hearts, but He also chooses the reason why.
And that’s okay. In fact, it’s better than okay – it’s good…because He’s good and His plan for us is good.
And so, when our hearts long for a God-given dream to be fulfilled or a longing the lines up with Scripture (like the salvation of our children, peace for Israel, that those that we know and love will walk in the knowledge of God), then we can be assured that He will fulfill it according to the purpose for which He placed it there in the first place.
That may not be the answer your heart hopes for, but the wrestling that takes place in our heart is always a surrender to His will over ours. Sometimes because we know He loves us and His plan is always good. Other times, because we confess that He knows what is best. Always because He is God.
What plan has He placed in your heart that you are still longing to see fulfilled? Are you willing to let Him fulfill according the His own purpose?