Having had some experience with waiting, we were prepared in knowing that some things are “now” things and some things are thing that God times and our part is to trust Him. A few weeks later, I woke up on a Sunday with this phrase hung inside my mind like a painting on a nail—“Live the life you’ve imagined.” I immediately recognized it as the latter half of a quote by Thoreau (or at the very least, most often misquoted/misattributed to him). The beginning starts with “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams,” yet that first part wasn’t part of what I’d woken up with. I casually relayed the thought I’d woken up with to my husband, not wanting to overthink what it was. I might have forgotten it all together had it not been for what I heard later that same morning.
When we got to church, the sermon that day was on a portion of a book our church was reading, The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. As the youth pastor relayed the book’s contents—the book that neither of us weary entrepreneur parents had started reading, the book that I confess had been collecting dust in our bookcase since my sister had given it to us a couple Christmases ago—he relayed that so often as we age we’re living out of our memories, not our imaginations.
Have you ever had a moment where it feels like you’re living out a portion of Ephesians 2:10? That was a moment like that. It was as if God was telling me “you’ve already done that first part—the part about going confidently in the direction of your dreams; now it’s time for the second part.”
I sensed hope—that thing I’d, for a long time, been aching for and simultaneously resenting. At the end of the service, we were to write our biggest dreams on piece of paper and attach it to the cross at the front of the sanctuary. I wrote down each of our business names, the non-profit we want to start, and the desire for a new start in a home that was ours; and I drew a circle around it all.
Even though it felt like chaos, we hoped God was ordering our steps.
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