It's such an amazing thing to have God place a dream in your heart. Psalm 37:4 says, "Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart." In my life, I've encountered many who have misinterpreted this scripture. Often, we think it means that God will give you whatever you really desire. In fact, what it means is that if you seek and delight in God, He will give you your actual desires of heart. This was my exact circumstance in 2015 as I was seeking sometime more in my professional life. I had limited my options to nursing related careers because of my nursing background, but God had something so much better.
While standing in a philanthropic women's boutique, I had a Holy Spirit encounter that, little did I know at the time, would end up changing my life. Two weeks later, while on a mission trip, The Lord continued to pursue me and through 4 women who knew nothing of the restlessness I was feeling inside, He spoke a promise into my life. I left that trip knowing that I needed to let go of the boat big time by changing my career and opening a women's boutique.
Dreams can take awhile to become reality. It was 6 months of praying, fasting & seeking before I heard the next word from The Lord on the subject. The process can be ugly but the product is always so beautiful. He showed up fiercely and overwhelmed me again with a Holy Spirit encounter that didn't knock my socks off but did knock me down!
I feel blessed that this part of my journey was only a few short months. Josephs journey from promise spoken to promise received was 22 years and included wrongful imprisonment. Thank you God!
When God speaks His desires into our hearts, it usually doesn't come with the struggles that we will encounter along the way. It doesn't come with a time line of details about how long we will have to wait. He is equipping us, growing us and has purpose in every part of our journey to that next place. He can't give it all away or we may not say yes, we may not go, we may wait for something "better".
Joseph needed to be equipped. He was about to assume a ministry over an entire country. God wanted Joseph to be able to handle the ministry & the position of influence that he was going to receive.
Trials prepare us for the triumph! No circumstances during the journey are without purpose. At the very least, they will inspire others! It can sometimes be hard to remember and act on that. Trust Him. He will never abandon you. He will never leave you!