People, Places, and Dreams

Hi Friends,

I should really be asleep right now, but the guilt has built up a little too much from me not writing another blog post as I promised I would… a lot sooner than I am now.  I really need to stop making promises about theses kind of things though. Because moral of the story is: life gets crazy, and I am in fact lazy. So. From now on — new rule! — I post when I post 🙂

I wanted to start this blog by sharing a little bit about my friend, Rebeca, from Cuba. She was born and raised on Cuban soil. She is a very cool gal. Despite our cultural differences and the slight language barrier, we instantly connected through music. We shared our dreams, our hopes for our futures, and our favorite Hillsong songs. Rebeca is 20 and currently a second-grade school teacher.  I learned that she decided she wanted to learn English from watching Hannah Montana when she was younger.  And so she did (You go girl!). The day we met, we spent that evening playing songs on the guitar and praising Jesus in the streets of downtown together.  It was a pretty cool experience if I do say so myself. It was also a cool God moment (kinda lame on my part…) because since the moment I had gotten to Cuba, I had really wished I had brought my guitar as I had planned to. I low key prayed I’d somehow get one… And so I meant Rebeca the next morning. When getting to know her one of the first things I asked was “what do you like to do?”.  She said she liked to play guitar… and yeah I think you guys can pick up what happened after that. God is cool. And He tends to even the little, trivial details.

So although Rebecca and I were quite different, we had one sure thing in common. We both shared a passion to live out God’s plan for our lives — whatever that may look like.  We were able to encourage each other in this, which was just really awesome.  

You might not be able to tell this about me at first glance, or maybe it is obvious despite my introverted disposition, but I love people. Especially people that are nothing like me.  I love listening to, observing, and interacting with people who outwardly I don’t necessarily resemble. But even when I don’t see much in common that I have with a person, it doesn’t stop me from relating to them — whether that be mentally, emotionally, or spiritually.  In reality, we are all so much more similar than what appears to be.  There are universal truths about humans and their similarities throughout the world. I believe all people are lovers and dreamers.  They all have a desire to love and a need to feel loved somewhere inside them.  And every person at some point has a dream — something they feel they need to accomplish in order to feel they have some sort of purpose in this world.  And there is a reason for this.  I believe all people — no matter the culture, language, age, or beliefs — are able to find similarities with one another in some shape or form. This is because we are all created by the same God, in His image.  I just think that it is so cool how we as humans are laced with intangible and visible qualities that reflect our creator (Genesis 1:26).

It is so evident in simple conversations I have with people. I like to understand people more than anything.  I like to know their thoughts, their dreams, their passions, their desires, what drives them, how they receive and give love (love languages anyone?)… But unfortunately, we are all sin-ridden human beings (Romans 3:23 amirite).  So our dreams or aspirations may become tainted by the things of this world, and our love for one another will always be broken and impure. Even so, God uses the passions and dreams we do have and even better– He will give us the desires of His own heart! All we need to do is take delight in Him (Psalm 37:4). Wow! His love is perfect and it certainly satisfies the soul, let me tell you. Even then, we won’t be able to accomplish these things by our own strength. But it is when we surrender our plans and dreams to Him and ask Him in return for His strength to do His will in order to accomplish His plans and dreams for our lives, that everything will fall into place.  Perfectly. Because His will is perfect.

This is what I saw in Rebeca.  She might not have necessarily been living out what she had always dreamed of doing as a child (Something tells me she wanted to be the next Hannah Montana, but hey so did I…), but she was doing something so much greater.  She told me that her dream was to do God’s will.  And let me just say that takes some faith. Because we have no idea what that looks like.  It could look like literally anything.  Only God knows. So it requires a whole lot of trusting, and living in the present moment He has given us to do so. So you best not even think about worrying about the future (Matthew 6:34 thank you very much), because it is in your Creator’s hands. Honestly, though, I am preaching to myself right now more than anything. It is a pretty critical transition point in my life right now as well as many of those around me who are also looking forward to a completely new season of exciting opportunities, decisions, freedoms, responsibilities, and all other wonders the college life brings.  So I know I need to take this thing one step at a time. But I know I need to keep my eyes fixed on Him as I move towards the dreams I have for myself. And if I continue to do so, I am certain that somewhere along the way He will so graciously align the desires of my heart perfectly with His.

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“May He equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

-Hebrews 13:21

Blessings,

Leah