Castles in the sand … Part 2

The story of the sandcastle is not over.  That afternoon, I watched the sandcastle erode, as the children scurried to rescue their toy soldiers and tanks before being washed out to sea.  I felt their pain in my heart which caused me to stop.  Why did this grab me?  What was I feeling and more importantly what truth or belief was this exposing?  After careful and prayerful soul-searching, I realized that I could view this story from either of two perspectives: (1) the picture of disappointed expectancy, which is what I had immediately felt or (2) a window into understanding God’s perspective which directly elevated my thinking.

All of us are waiting and believing God for things! The longer we wait, the easier it is to let discouragement, despair and self-analysis take over.  Maybe life circumstances which you had no control buried your dreams, or perhaps you believe that when it comes to your hopes and dreams that God is silent and not moving on your behalf.  Every disappointment can erect barriers into the heart, further alienating us from the very One who has the answer—God!  The key is our perspective as we wait.  Does our perspective bring life or death? Does it cause you to work hard to achieve something…or to rest, knowing that He has you in His grip?

God is not keeping you from realizing your dream rather, He has ordained a unique process for each one of us in which the time period corresponds to the time needed to prepare our hearts. “For man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7). ). My journey took as long as it was necessary for God to show me that I was dictating to Him the who, what, when, where, and how of my dream’s fulfillment when He wanted to give me even more than I could have asked or imagined.

Through the years what appeared to be the destruction of hopes and dreams, was His removing those castles in the sand that were counterfeits and limitations of His greater plan.  Our Father wants to give you a solid foundation that will not wash away.

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The next morning, while taking a stroll on the beach, I noticed a crowd gathered midway between the water’s edge and the hotel. There stood a monumental sandcastle, safe from the tide’s destruction, with more towers, moats, toy soldiers and tanks than the day before. This time there were even intricately detailed sand carvings—a masterpiece. I stopped to take a closer look. What an object lesson my heavenly Father was displaying on that sandy shore. We are His Master Piece (Eph. 2:10) created for a purpose that is beyond what we can even dream. So many times in my life I have tried to settle for with what I thought was God’s best.  God protected, prevented and sometimes allowed what I had believed were right things, crumble but God’s plans are infinitely greater than what we could ever hope on our own.

Today, see waiting from His perspective.  Is He clearing your plans to make room for His best?  Is He revealing debris within your heart that will clutter your ability of enjoying His plan? Wherever you are, God wants you to know that you are deeply loved and all that He asks from you is to rest in His love and watch Him work.

” Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]” Ephesians 3:20 Amplified

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