a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?
like a heavy load.
Six years ago, I attended a specialized conference for Christian Women Speakers and Writers. I met my Shero author/speaker, Lysa TerKeurst and I decided to write a devotional book. Then my life took unexpected turns, seemed to get lost, made pit stops in horrible vacation spots I NEVER wanted to visit, and finally settled in a new place.
My dreams of writing and speaking were like cobwebs on the light fixture in your foyer…you can see them but without a lot of time, energy and tools you don’t have…you cannot reach them.
My dreams began to sag like a heavy load and over time did not even have the strength to explode.
Proverbs 13:12 states: Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
This side of forty, I have come to learn, my dreams require me to build.
Building, although seemingly easy for the people on HGTV, is not simple. The weather, subcontractors, deliveries, and permits all play a factor in the completion date. If delayed too much, money and resources may run out and the project is abandoned. It has been three years since I pressed “publish” on this blog. But…Delay is not Denial!
This spring, six years after I said I would… I will finally release my devotional book! It is called the Distracted Dance of Resilience (Dancing away from life’s hurts towards healing and restoration).
The Distracted Dance of Resilience is all about the “spiritual dance steps” God prompted me to take as I processed through infidelity and divorce. Although it was a divorce for me, rejection, betrayal, the disappointment of things not going the way you prayed they would and the process of rebuilding a life DO NOT DISCRIMINATE.
I believe my book will provide hope and inspire others to move on with their lives healthy and whole after being hurt.
So what happens to a dream deferred? Does it fester, crust over, stink, sag like a heavy load, or does it explode?
A dream deferred builds endurance, resilience, and faith.
This post is part of a weekly link-up for Christian writers called Five Minute Friday