Well...you get the picture. Yes, it's important to dream. To plan. To look ahead. "Where there is no vision, the people perish" Proverbs tells us. Of utmost importance is to seek the Lord's plans and see where He is working. Ask Him what we should do...or not do. When we listen, He gives us guidance through His Word, through Godly people, and the nudging of the Holy Spirit.
Sounds easy. Right? Just follow the steps. One. Two. Three. Hmmm. Not really. You see, we head down those paths...the ones that we are so sure the Lord has directed us to follow, and somehow...sometimes suddenly...things don't go like they were supposed to. "Wait. What's going on here God? This isn't what I...errr, I mean, we planned. This isn't my dream. This isn't the way it was supposed to happen."
|"The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad;|
the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus;
it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing."
Isaiah 35:1-2 a ESV
What I've come to realize is that even though it seems as if I might be in the middle of what the world around me would characterize as a desert, my life can still bloom for Him. My life may not look like I had planned. I may not be where I thought I would be or doing what I thought that God had planned for me.
However, He has allowed me to be in this place...and He is still with me. The surroundings may look a bit different than I imagined and originally dreamed, but I can still blossom. And even blossom...abundantly.