Luke 8:54

"And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid arise." Luke 8:54

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Dream You Hold

Spiritual Lessons 

The Dream You Hold 
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Thoughts and Encouragement on Purity

"He loves me, he loves me not...he loves me, he loves me not...”
Did you ever learn as a little girl the silly plucking of flower petals to see if a guy “liked” you? Of course it proved nothing and only resulted in a naked flower. But today, as young women we tend to still “pluck petals” in our imagination. Strong feelings follow. We battle between our emotions, our desire for purity, and guilt if we've fallen short. A constant battle for even us Christian girls.
Many of us Christian singles hold onto a hope of a certain someone. I would like to offer some encouragement in this.


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Firstly, I want to hearten you in the fact that it is quite human and natural to admire someone. Most likely you cannot manually change your feelings. You can't help but be attracted to him. It's okay. We don't have to beat ourselves up because we are attracted to someone.
If this man is your future man, you don't have to worry – God is a perfect orchestrator. If He handles the universe, He can handle the details and timing of your relationships.
Our attraction can be viewed as something to keep ourselves cheerfully dependent on Jesus. This guy is a cross in a way. As with any cross we let Jesus do the carrying. We simply accept it.
With Him as our head, we have someone to keep us accountable. We can safely trust Him with our heart and tell Him when those strong feelings come up. He is our outlet. We can pour those feelings into His hands and He will deal with them. He will take every emotion, the natural, the evil or the innocent.

We can also remember, that Jesus loves that man more than we do. We can pray for him and trust Jesus to guide him and not have to feel anxious over anything. We don't have any responsibility in nurturing our relationship with that person. If we follow Jesus and allow Him to rule our heart, our path will be pure and right and best. Jesus can choose whether or not to allow our relationship to turn into anything deeper than friendship. We don't have to woo or prove or “reel in” or keep track or make sure of anything! It's ultimately Jesus' responsibility, and secondly it will be the man's responsibility to initiate anything.  

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Secondly, what is our part? To follow Jesus. To remain faithful in what He has called us to do today. We are on an adventure of singlehood right now and He is just as involved and interested in it as in our future marriage. Life isn't waiting...we're living it right now! And He has a plan for our 'right now'. He desires to use us. Are we distracted or are we totally willing and running after Him?
It's okay to have a hope. Without any intentions on your part you may have found yourself suddenly admiring this young man. I understand that you don't want to pine away. To hold your breath. To be silly or giddy. You want Jesus first in your life.
Perfect. That's all He needs. He can do the rest.
This young man is not ours. Even if he is our future spouse, his isn't ours yet. If our heart has selfishly stamped “mine” on anything or anyone we can be sure we've taken our focus off of Him. There's freedom from the tyranny of self in all aspects, not just in this. Just as with every other thing in this earth, this young man belongs to Jesus. Even if Jesus promised him to you. He is still Jesus' son, and we have no right to a child of God. Even if he someday is ours, he will still be a gift... Even if this man is given to you someday, he truly will still belong to the Lord. Acknowledging that fact is freeing.

We also must remember we aren't fighting our hope, and ignoring it or telling ourselves we must throw it away, but simply desiring His will over our own and surrendering our dream to Him.  

Image result for surrender to the Lord  And lastly, what if the Lord does take him away? Hasn't He taken away things before in our lives? Though there was temporary bleeding and pain didn't the joy of being fully His far outweigh the ache? The same in this dear dream. We don't need to fear where He will take us or what He plans to do with this young man. It's so natural to tremble at the thought of pain. If Jesus told us “No...this man is never going to be yours” it would be painful, but the sacrifice does not need to be feared. You and I both know that if He asked there would be no other alternative in our heart. We could burn our hope on the alter. He would provide the grace.
No rival in our heart. No possession. He might ask us to make an Issac sacrifice. He might not. Either way we can trust Him.
True love would allow any baser love to be extinguished. To hope that our future will include this man is not evil, but we also know that true love for him would want God's best for this man over any dream we might hold.
Over analyzing and cross examining our intentions and emotions never helps. We can simply accept it. But we shouldn't only accept our cross but insist that it works our death. It isn't really a cross if we're unwilling to be crucified and completely yielded. Reassuringly, we will not be left hanging there forever. After any spiritual death always comes a resurrection. We don't have to fear. We know He loves us and will work all together for our good – whether that includes this man or not.

Hold up your hands unclenched – palms up and wide. Laying there is your dream, a small and shining hope. You can't rid yourself of it but you don't have to claim it either. If He asks, you will place it on the alter and burn it permanently. Humbly bow and hold it up before Him. He will decide. Even if He doesn't answer for years. You are exactly where He wants you. The young man is only benefited by your true love and prayers for him. Your relationship with Jesus will deepen. It's okay to hold a dream... but with hands opened wide. 

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10 comments:

  1. I truly enjoyed reading this Toni. It is simple, honest and encouraging. It's never wrong to have a desire, unless that desire comes BEFORE the Lord. If something is HARD to surrender it's because it has become an idol. We can GLADLY give all to the Lord, unless it is something we LOVE more than HIM! Excellent... needed... post.

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  2. Thank you Liss for your comment. I'm glad it was encouraging.

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  3. I've read this post twice now Toni. And it was such a blessing to my heart. No, it isn't wrong to hold a dream, a desire, a hope, "but with hands opened wide." So true. I loved how you encouraged just turning all to Jesus. That really is the best solution. No matter the outcome, if given over to Him, it can be a sweet savor, a beautiful thing. Thanks for sharing this Toni. Awesome post.

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    1. Thanks Nay for your encouraging comment. I love how you said that no matter what happens it will be a beautiful thing if given to Him. So true. Love you.

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  4. Deeply insightful. It gladdens my heart to know that there are people that still believe that Christ is all we need. Continue the campaign of encouragement! Jesus is the answer. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you David for your encouragement!

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  5. Wow Toni, great post! I have read this several times already and it was a huge blessing every time! Also reading all the comments is a blessing. :)
    Thanks for posting this Toni, wonderful job!

    Tasha

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    1. Aw, Tasha, you are a blessing to me. Thank you for the comment. Glad that this was helpful!

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  6. This was so good! Thank you so much, Toni! Its definitely one to read over and over again. It was a blessing, a good reminder, and a challenge to me. :) I really enjoyed reading it!
    ~Katie~

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  7. Thank you Katie for commenting. I really love hearing from readers. Your feedback is an encouragement to me.

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