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A couple of years ago when my family was living in northern Utah I took a creative writing course at a local arts council which was taught by a published author. On the first day he gave us ten steps to be an effective writer and make writing a part of our lives, and one of the steps made me chuckle and think to myself "Yep, that's me." Daydream. This is a step he'd personally added to a list of others which were commonly used by those in the field.
I found it interesting because many would argue that daydreaming is not an effective use of one's time. But yet here was an award-winning writer telling me that I should make this habit part of my daily routine, as it would help me better achieve my aspirations. If I would allow my mind to wander and my imagination to soar, my thoughts would become words on paper, which would in turn become stories, novellas, and novels. It was a revelation which I pondered for several days. As a person who often is torn between a side of me that is creative, artistic and imaginative and another side which is very practical and down-to-earth, the practical side often overshadows the other when I feel the constant need to check items off my to-do list.
"Slow down," I often sense God saying. I have things I want to tell you. Plans I want to reveal to you. Could this be tied into daydreaming? Could an infinite God shape the thoughts of my finite mind and use his Spirit to place dreams within my thoughts, my heart? I believe He can. I know it. I've experienced it.
Many times, my daydreaming has led me to hopes of becoming a published author, writing novels and books for ministry which would help transform lives and lead women to Jesus. And then doubt will whisper, "That will never happen. You're not good enough. There are many writers out there who are better and have a more intriguing story to offer." Over the years and the course of several Bible studies, I've realized there is also an Enemy who rules this world who would like nothing better than for me not to fulfill the plans God has for my life. Spiritual warfare is not just a concoction made up by people who have wild imaginations or extensive paranoia. It is a reality.
The truth is, when it comes to God's plan for my life, my knowledge isn't even at the tip of the iceberg. He reveals little pieces of it day by day when I immerse myself in his Word and prayer. Other days, when I fill my day with mindless tasks and neglect my relationship with Him, I feel lost. It is a daily struggle but when I earnestly seek Him he never hides his face from me. One thing I do know is that the dreams and desires within my heart were put there by God. As it says in Psalm 139:1, "You have searched me, Lord, and you know me."
As I continue this journey on earth before moving to my eternal destiny, the times that I feel most alive are those when I am embracing the personality, gifts, and dreams my Creator gave me. Not when I'm comparing myself to others, conforming or competing, but accepting my role in the body of Christ. I am still discovering what that role is, but the more I more He reveals to me, the more complete I am as the woman God created me to be in Christ Jesus.