If you’re like me, you’ve had hopes, dreams, and expectations about your life from the time you were small. I wanted to be a nurse then a schoolteacher early in life. Today, I’m an author.
“A dream is a wish your heart makes…” If you’ve watched Disney’s animated Cinderella from 1950, I’m sure you remember this song. Even though she faces hardship because of the selfishness and cruelty of her stepmother and stepsisters, Cinderella finds happiness in life and in her dreams. And she finds her prince and lives happily-ever-after. (Sigh!)
In real life, even with your best-laid plans, something or someone is apt to interfere with happily-ever-after. Even if you achieve your goal and fulfill your dream—earn your doctorate, get your dream job, marry Prince Charming—you may find they don’t meet your expectations. There are always conflicts to resolve, problems to solve, bills to pay, or the unexpected illness or loss of income to face. Life gets in the way, right?
Aubrey and Jeremy, in my recently released inspirational romance novel Heart’s Desire, each have their goals: Aubrey, to eventually earn her doctorate and become a college president, with marriage a possibility a long time in the future, if at all; Jeremy, to finish his seminary training in preparation for a pastoral career, then marry. So, love takes them by surprise and creates conflict because they each see themselves following the path of God’s leading. Their heart’s desire in not just in romance, but in following God’s will for them.
The writer of the book of James in the Bible admonishes Christians to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” (James 4:15 NKJV)
Life hasn’t been perfect for me, sometimes because of my own choices and decisions, but often because of things beyond my control. My husband and I have had our financial setbacks, serious illnesses, and parenting woes to contend with. During out 48 years of marriage, we’ve had disagreements and times of discouragement. But the good times outweigh the bad. By God’s grace, we’re still together and happily married.
When we trust God and follow His Word, He helps us resolve our conflicts. Life hasn’t been perfect, but it has been good. God is good, and He wants what’s best for His family.
“Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.” (Psalm 37:4,5 NKJV)
My happily-ever-after life will come in eternity with Jesus. He offers you eternal life too.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (NKJV)