By Natasha Beers, Orillia Campus, InsideOut Small Group Leader & Office Summer Student
The perfect job. “True love”. A house on the water.
Do you have dreams?
I sure do!
I have a floral print notebook filled with dreams. Although some may be a little over the top, like my dream of starring in a Broadway musical despite my inability to sing in tune, I also have a list of slightly more realistic dreams, that I really do hope will come true.
One of my biggest dreams is to have a successful business of my own, in a field that I am wildly passionate about.
Now, if I’m being honest, I used to have an incredibly hard time believing that this could actually happen. Not because I felt incapable, but because nothing around me seemed to be moving my future in the right direction and I couldn’t see how God was working in all of it.
I’m a planner and a bit of a control freak. I like to know what’s happening, when it’s happening and how it’s going to happen … especially when it comes to my future. For a while, this dream of having my own business felt so out of my reach that it sometimes led me to have doubts about whether it would ever happen at all. I felt stuck between 20 years of routine and the picture of what I hoped my future would be, with no way to get there.
Do you ever feel stuck in a rut? Not wanting to stay where you are, but unable to see how you’ll ever get to where you ultimately want to be?
Often times, when things aren’t going the way we have envisioned, we begin to doubt whether they will ever happen. Sometimes we even question if God even cares. It’s far too easy to look around and see everyone else in a good season of life, doing exactly what they’ve dreamed of doing their whole life, or well on their way to reaching their goals. Comparison and jealously creeps in, and before you know it, you’re thinking of giving up on the one thing you’ve always hoped for because that just seems easier.
You may not feel stuck trying to get your career off the ground like me, but maybe you can relate in another way. Maybe you’re in a relationship that you always dreamed would be full of love and honesty, but right now that feels like the farthest thing from what you’re actually experiencing. Or maybe you’re in a really rough season, and you can’t seem to see how you’ll ever start feeling like the confident, content person you want to be.
Maybe you’re thinking what I was thinking; how could God possibly be using the season that I’m currently in to help me get to the place I ultimately want to be? How could the hurt and darkness that I’m experiencing help me reach my end goal? And if God loves me, why am I stuck in this situation?
It took me a long time to trust that God is working in and through me, regardless of my circumstances, even when I feel like I’m nowhere close to where I want to be. Truthfully, I still don’t think I’m anywhere close to reaching my dream of having my own business, but I’m learning to trust that even when it feels as though I am making no progress, things aren’t getting better, and this dream of mine is never going to happen, God is still present.
If you’re stuck feeling like your dreams are way out of reach, or you’re situation is hopeless, join me for the rest of this series as we continue to talk about how to find contentment in our “in the meantime” moments.
In The Meantime — Part 4 — Where’s Your Focus | Andy Jones
What do you do when life hasn’t gone in the direction you hoped or wanted it to go and there’s nothing you can do to change your circumstances? What do you do when you’re living in “the meantime”? If you’ve ever been In the meantime or if you’re currently in the meantime, you can’t help but conclude you’ll never be happy again, nothing good can come from your circumstances, and there’s no point in continuing. Can it really be true that God will make things right?
9.00 and 10.30 am | 20 Mills Road, Barrie
In The Meantime — Part 3 — Yes, You Can | Andy Stanley
Challenging circumstances can make you jealous or resentful. They can make you angry with God. They can breed discontentment. But the problem with discontentment is that it can drive you in self-destructive directions that will eventually leave you with regret. So, what is the secret of finding contentment even when times are tough?
9.00 and 10.30 am | Galaxy Cineplex, Orillia