Today is a day that I never thought would happen. Not in a million years. Today, the first novel I ever wrote hits the shelves. I drafted the first version of this crazy story when I was 11 years old, in the back seat of the family car on a vacation to visit cousins in Arkansas.
I never planned to share it with anyone. I’d been telling myself stories since I was 8 or 9 and just had never written it down. But I broke silence and told the story to a friend, and she encouraged me to write it down. So I did.
Mechanical pencil. One-subject notebook. Over a weekend. And I gave it to my friend when it was done, and she loved it and wanted to know more. That’s how I caught the writing bug. I haven’t stopped since. That was 40+ novels ago. But they all started with this one, when I found a dream I didn’t even realize I had.
Writing that first story started me down a path I never expected to be on. I learned how to type on that first novel. I learned how to tell stories. I learned how to take criticism. I learned to fight for what I believed in, even if no one else understood.
I never planned to share this story with the world, and I certainly didn’t expect to start the company that published it. That’s a whole different story. But I can testify that what the Bible says in Proverbs 16:1-3 is unerringly, undeniably true. “We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer. People may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives. Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.”
God gives us dreams for a reason. He plants a quiet desire in our hearts to achieve a purpose that will glorify Him, and as long as that purpose remains about Him and not about us, He’ll bring our dreams to life. He’ll just do it in His timing. Sometimes it’ll be sooner than you expect. Most of the time it’ll be later—much later. But His timing is perfect, and He gave you your dream for such a time as this.
It’s okay to dream. It’s not a waste of time. Sure you should work hard and not let your dreaming affect the practical aspects of your living, but dreams aren’t bad. Let your kids dream. Let yourself dream. It might take you in a new direction. But make sure that your desires align with God’s.
Then sit back and see where God’s dream for your life takes you. Dreams do come true, absolutely, but God’s the one moving the pieces. So trust Him and His timing, stick to the road He puts you on, and before you know it, your dream will come true. And it’ll be bigger and better than you ever could have achieved on your own.