Sometimes though, I feel like things are not progressing fast enough. My zeal for purposeful living turns into frustration and instead of working for me, it works against me. During times like these it is good to stop and take a good look at just how far you've come. This week was a tough week for me, so today I'm putting some time aside to remember and to be thankful. I might not be where I'm supposed to be just yet, but I'm certainly a long way from where I used to be.
Ever since I can remember I've been intrigued by anything with wheels. I've always wanted to travel. As a child, whenever we pulled in at a gas station I would stare longingly at the colorful wire toy cars. I remember the bright yellow's, blue's and red's. I could never quite decide which one I liked best. I would imagine what it must be like to drive one of them and the places I would go. I never got to own one but I would hook my pink hoola-hoop around my waste and pretend I was a bus driver. Around and around the pool I would go. I don't remember where I imagined I was going but I certainly remember the ride.
As I got older my desire to travel stayed with me but I was too afraid to venture out on my own. I always imagined I'd get married and my husband and I would have these adventures together. Let's just say my life didn't quite work out the way I had imagined. My twenties came and went - no husband - and I started losing hope that I'll ever go anywhere.
In my early thirties - still no husband - I realized I had better start living my life or I'll die waiting to live. I decided to start looking for travel opportunities on my own. The one place I never thought I'd ever set foot became the first place I ever traveled to abroad: the United States of America. I still remember standing on the corner across from Ground Zero in New York City and thinking, It had to be God; That I could be so blessed to be standing right there where I never imagined I ever would.
I look back now and I know my travels (so far) has changed my life. I hope I never stop exploring the beautiful places of the world. There's so much I would still like to see.
I only dreamed about the seeming impossible until God made it real in my life. Is anything too hard for Him? No! He can do anything. It is up to us to trust Him for big things.
If you are feeling discouraged or frustrated, like you've been going nowhere slowly, I invite you to sit with me and think back on the times when God has brought you through, or just blessed you because He is God. Even feel free share your stories in the comment section. I'm sure it will also encourage and inspire someone else. Remind yourself of His faithfulness in the past. It will encourage you to trust Him to be faithful in the future. And don't limit a big God with small thinking. Be bold. Allow Him to expand your limited thinking to match the size of His limitless dream for you.
"And I said, 'This is my fate; the Most High has turned his hand against me.'
But then I recall all you have done, O Lord; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago.
They are constantly in my thoughts." (Psalm 77: 10-12)
Say this with me: I will remember!