My son wants to drive so badly he can taste exhaust fumes.
This past summer, he asked me nearly every time we got into the van when it would be his turn to drive. Most parents probably dread the day their children start driving and their insurance premiums go through the roof, but I am so excited for the day when I can hand him the keys and see that look of joy in his eyes. In my heart, I look forward to him driving probably more than he does. So why haven’t I let him get his permit and take the family mini-van for a spin?
Because he’s 3 years old.
I will safe guard the dream of his driving until he is ready, not to mention old enough to see over the steering wheel, but if I gave him his “dream” today it would cause him and who knows who else harm. He’s not ready yet.
I’ve explained to him a million and one different ways, why he can’t drive right now and he responds with a quivering lower lip, “okay, someday”. He has resigned himself to comply despite not fully understanding my reasons.
It’s the same with us. We don’t always understand when God says, “not now” and our 3 year old hearts distort his words into “no” as we perceive our dreams crumbling into dust.
Dreams are precious things, fragile in the making. Our dreams are things meant to be placed into the hands of God. He knows this and he’s not willing that we would gain the thing we want most at the risk of losing ourselves. And so, he has a way of causing us to lay down the thing we want, the way Abraham laid down Issac, so that he can give it back to us at the moment of our maturity.
We all have that something lingering just out of reach.
Maybe you’ve been praying for Mr. Right (or dear God, please fix my Mr. Right).
Maybe your dream is that elusive career opportunity.
Maybe you’ve been patiently waiting for that restored relationship with your parents.
Maybe you’ve been quietly hoping for a child.
Or maybe your dream is simply driving the family mini-van.
The temptation is one of two things: 1. to either try to do everything to make it happen or 2. to do nothing. If you’re a bold person, you more than likely gravitate towards the first, if you’re fearful you’ll tend to gravitate towards the second and if you’re like me, a cyclone of both – it might just depend on the day.
How do we trust God and act in faith when it comes to something like a dream?
When God told Abraham to go to the promise land, Abraham went. . . and kept going until God told him to stop. When Joseph dreamed of greatness, he served faithfully . . . and God made him the second most powerful man in Egypt. When Ruth secretly hoped for her Mr. Right, she continued to care for her mother-in-law . . . and Boaz came along.
Ask God what your first step is and be faithful to do that thing until he either tells you something new or until that day when your dream becomes reality. Too simple? Perhaps, but I think I remember that he likes to use the simple things to confound the wise.
*I originally posted this when my oldest really was only 3 years old. He still wants to drive just as bad now that he’s 7.
Pray for us.
– -No seriously.
One day we’ll have to let our kids drive.*
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