How so often we put things in two separate boxes and then feel they are unreconcilable. God’s will is in one box and our dreams are in another. We cling to our dreams but yet at the same time still want God’s will. Then struggle begins because we feel like we can’t have both, and partly, it’s true.
But perhaps there is another way to sort out this dilemma.
It is true that if the Lord Jesus has bought you with His blood, He owns you and you are not your own. This includes your dreams, plans, and wishes. When you come to Christ you must lay down YOUR dreams, but that doesn’t mean you will be dreamless. God just wants to give you another dream, His Will! It really doesn’t make sense for us to want to cling to our earthy dreams, that we have thought up, because our dreams have an expiration date. Even if our earthly dreams do come true, they are only still for a small time and they will end. God’s Will is eternal without end. What glory!
Furthermore, God’s Will is not a terrifying, cold, hard, loveless, joyless Will. It’s FULL of life and life eternal. This is wonderful! So when we feel that rising struggle of wanting to cling to both, our dreams and God’s Will, perhaps our prayer should be, “Oh Abba, let Thy Will become my dream.” His Will is far more glorious, far more beautiful, far more fulfilling and far more glorying to God then what we are holding. It’s okay, He really does know better than we do. You can trust His unchanging holy character.
“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be FILLED with the knowledge of HIS WILL in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:” Col 1:9-14