Dreams Do Come True

“Could today be the day that I’ve dreamt of since I was a little girl?” Excitement, nervousness, and joy filled my heart as I stood dressed in my fairy-tale gown behind a beautiful wooden gate. All of a sudden the music changed, and in that moment my dream became a reality. As the gate opened, I walked down the picturesque, stone path and turned to see, at the end of the aisle, my Prince Charming. Everything that I had dreamed of and believed for was standing there waiting for me.

Little did I know that this dream would take more than 20 years to become a reality. Not exactly the timeline that I had imagined when I was a little girl; but as I look back on the journey and how I got to where I was on my wedding day, I could see God’s hand leading me through the entire process. He knew that even though this journey would be long, hard, and even painful at times, it would all be worth it in the end. I had to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus and no one else. My hope needed to be in Him alone. “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31 NIV).

Waiting to see the fulfillment of a dream isn’t always easy. I found my greatest battles in the waiting period came when I would start to compare my life to those around me. Most of my friends were now married and starting to have children, all in the timeframe that I had imagined for my own life. Feelings of disappointment would flood my mind. I began to question and have so many doubts in God, my dreams, and even myself. It wasn’t until I dug deep into God’s Word and heard His voice that He shined His light on my path. God reminded me that my path, journey, and destiny were different from those of my friends or anyone else. I needed to run the race set before me. That is when Hebrews 12 rang in my ears, reminding me to fix my eyes on the Lord alone: “…And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith…” (Hebrews 12:1-2 NLT).

The longer I compared my situation to other people’s, the deeper, heavier, and longer the disappointment grew. But when I put my hope in Jesus and had a confident expectation that He would fulfil His promises to me, I began to find strength that was not my own. It was a strength that allowed me to enjoy the season that I was in instead of despise it!  I began to find His purpose in that season.

We all have a journey set before us that is as different and unique as our fingerprints. Sometimes it doesn’t turn out or manifest the way we thought; however, in the end we look back and see God’s beauty along the way, and it reminds us that He is truly faithful. He is indeed the Author and Finisher of our faith.

It doesn’t matter if you have been waiting for your dream for a few months, years, or decades; keep believing and hoping in the Lord. If it is worth dreaming of, then it is worth standing and believing for! And when that day finally comes, the fulfillment of the dream is sweeter and more spectacular than you could ever have imagined! You will be left standing with your hands held high, thanking Him!

My wedding day was like a fairy tale come true. It was worth the wait! I cherish the day even more because of the fight and the press I went through to stand for the dream. Don’t give up! Keep your hope in the Lord and Him alone! Fix your eyes on Jesus, because dreams do come true!

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