There was a girl who lived inside of a small square room. She had everything she needed, all the time. Food, clothing, water, books, etc. But there was a pretty little window in her room. And every day the girl would stare out the window into a beautiful garden of stunning flowers, ivy, grass and tall trees. It was a square garden that was much larger than her room. She would say, "One day I will enter that garden and smell those roses and the lilies and feel the green grass in my toes...." Every day, her heart longed to live outside of her little room and her passion grew to live in and tend to the garden just outside.
One day, the girl opened the window and heard a voice.
It was the voice of the Father calling to her to come into the garden.
She wasn't afraid of the voice, her heart recognized it and felt
courage in every word He spoke. Bravely she climbed onto the window
sile and jumped into the garden. And there she stood in amazement at
the feel of the green grass beneath her and the smell of the lilacs
nearby. She spun in circles and laughed and jumped and said, "Oh
thank you Father for giving me this garden to live in! I knew it would
be amazing. Thank you for calling me to come out. Thank you!"
And then she heard her Father in heaven chuckle. "My daughter," He said, "Did you really think you were meant to live in the little room? My plans for you are wider than you could even imagine and bigger than you could ever dream. Child, turn around and open the gate at the front of the garden."
Slowly she turned around and saw a small picket fenced gate and archway. It was pure white and morning glories had swept their way over and under the arch and they swayed in the breeze, in such a way, as to invite one to "Enter This Way". With hesitation and wonder, she carefully opened the gate and walked beneath the arch. What she saw was unimaginable to her. Garden upon garden...trees of every color and size...roses the size of which she had never seen...flowers and moss on every corner. There were streams and benches for sitting with friends for long talks. Gazebos and winding staircases. Birds sang louder and bolder. Deer stood within reach.
And the girl stood in amazement.
Then the Father in all of His massive love said, "This child is what I made for you to live in and tend to...THIS is my plan for YOU."
What are the dreams in your heart. The things we have always wanted to do and be and see and feel are the dreams we have either done something with or are still waiting to take a hold of. What I am coming to discover is this...whatever we can dream up...its only a fraction of what GOD has in store for any one of us who would like to take his invitation and climb into his plan. He put out the invite...we get to accept or decline. Your dreams to make a difference in this life are very real. I say...accept that invite!