Years ago, when I worked for Governor Huckabee, oh the dreams that I had!
Having worked for the States of Arkansas and Texas, ladies, I was determined. I’d work my way up through the political ranks, and one day, be a Senator. And to tell the truth, when I get put out with political goings-on, I momentarily entertain those dreams. But seriously. While I absolutely want to effect change within my sphere and my reach, I am truly not interested in grasping after those things.
The reality is this: our dreams are sometimes given to us by God, but sometimes (and I think this is true in the modern age), we take on manmade dreams of career and infuse them with the ideas of meaning and significance, as if the doings of our life are what will bring joy, as if our title and duties are what give us value.
The main thing I wanted to share with you is this: letting go, opening my hands, *releasing* the grip of my tightly-clutched dreams has brought great joy and led to adventures greater than I could have imagined. Back when I was meeting Senator Blanche Lincoln, and picturing my future self in the Senate chamber, I could not have remotely imagined the life that God has given us.
I have found that God’s multi-faceted daily adventures are so much more delightful than our one-dimensional dreams.
Doug and I have been through good times and hard, lived abroad for 6 years, are raising six beautiful and fascinating children together, and already feel like we’ve lived enough for a few lifetimes. But I also need to be honest with you: while I’ve seen the world, I’ve also seen a WHOLE lot of diaper changes, loads of laundry, and boiling pots of pasta.
But that’s the beauty of it: God’s adventures don’t look like we’ve been led to believe about dreams and adventure.
In the movies and on television, dreams and adventure looks like passion, dynamic action, self-promotion, finding “who we really are,” and unending heart-racing moments. In reality, the heart-at-rest JOY of making love to the same steady man, the sloppy kisses of a chubby toddler, working through the annoyances of personalities that rub one another wrongly, the simple delight of living life transparently in God’s grace alongside whatever family God gives… these are the things that provide joys, highs, and depths that go beyond the scripted and happy-endings of the screen.
Hear me: I am NOT trying to use my situation as prescriptive toward others. But I do want to share with you the things that I’ve so clearly seen in our life. By releasing our manmade dreams, we’ve found God’s adventure (even through times of hardship and deep sorrow) to be much greater and more fulfilling than anything we could have written or imagined.
What about you?
Have you clutched dreams and found it discouraging? Have you released them and found joy? Do old dreams still nip at your heels? Are you chasing them now?
How are you sussing out God’s adventure for your life?