God's ways are incredible, humbling, and hard to fathom sometimes! I've felt Him leading me for days, laying things on my heart, preparing me, whispering words of encouragement, helping me discover new possibilities, and closing a door I've been trying to force my way through for just over a year.
Those closest to you, and even those who barely know you, can feel something or see it for what it really is. With a caring heart, they suggest alternative perspectives and one side of your brain receives the gesture as them trying to crush your dream, while the other side knows that's not the case. It still hurts your heart. This dream is precious to you. It's your baby! You envision it perfectly in your mind and it's all but reality at this point... so why can't they see it this way?
Don't dismiss alternative perspectives. Hidden beneath the hard-to-receive surface usually lies truth you may not want to acknowledge, face, or accept in the moment. In order to get to the dream you're meant to reveal, you may have to detour from the one you see in your mind. Dreams can change. Sometimes it's an amazing, unexpected switch you never could have come up with on your own! Sometimes it seems too good to be true, but that's exactly how God works! He's simply incredible. He's designed our lives individually, customizing them to ignite our specific passions and strengths. It's up to us to step aside and let Him lead, trusting Him all the way.
God gave me major closure yesterday. Although a few people in my life shared alternative perspectives with me throughout the year, I wasn't having it. I refused to accept this gift of a different view and no one was going to change my mind. I continued to pray for God to reveal His plan to me, in His timing, and asked for patience while I pressed on. Time went by, the story unfolded, He revealed convictions in my life, and I found myself in a crisis of belief. And in one moment, my mind was made up.
I was COMPLETELY over it.
Not only was it time to move in a different direction, God revealed to me there could be more to my dream than I ever could have imagined on my own. I immediately realized the dream I envisioned was based out of fear, insecurity, and lack of trust. I'll admit it. Although I said I trusted God, I was trying to put Him in a box, doubting the great things He could REALLY do in my life.
I still don't know what's in store, but I certainly know I will be more open minded and willing to hear and process alternative perspectives going forward, even when they're difficult to accept. I want this dream to come true, even if it's not exactly how I've originally envisioned it... even if it's uncomfortable at times. After all, God's plans are always better that my biggest, best dreams!