Long layovers, rerouted plans, canceled flights, and different routes. These are the "as we speak" common experiences of 13 of my friends who just spent a restful, inspiring weekend with one another in Branson, MO.
But as we spread across the midwest, south and east headed home, weather challenges aren't the only thing we have in common. We are all God-sized dreamers. And our dreams, along with Holley Gerth's words, brought us and about ninety more like us together over a year ago. That meeting didn't take place in Missouri but rather all over the country as women bravely showed up on a Facebook group and began to tentatively share and encourage one another in their dreams.
A year later, many of those dreams have morphed. Some have come true. All have been challenged. And the dreamers have grown individually and in community. That's what this weekend was celebrating.
Holley Gerth's book You're Made for A God-Sized Dream was released one year ago on March 1. Yesterday on March 1, just a small representation of the fruit of Holley's book was shared around two tables. Dreams discovered, dreams evolved, dreams exchanged, and hearts encouraged.
The God-Sized Dream Team applications we filled out over a year ago asked what our dream was. Yesterday, some of us couldn't remember what we'd written, but all of us have spent the year stepping toward our dreams. And while our path today might not look like the one we imagined a year ago, we are all better for the journey.
We've had long layovers as we waited unsure of what the waiting was for. Our plans have been rerouted by all sorts of trials, big and small. Some of our "flights" have been canceled and we've had to look for new routes. But along the way, we've discovered peace and rest in the waiting, unknown strength in the trials, and friends and experience we wouldn't have known had we not been rerouted.
Walking in your dreams is hard. The unknown is scary, and no matter how well we plan, it doesn't take long to realize our plans are tentative at best.
But while the details may be complicated, I think the key to dreaming and seeing them come true is very simple. You show up and bring your best. Over and over and over again.
And along the way, you look for the blessing in the unexpected layovers, cancellations, and rerouting.
My connecting flight was canceled today, so tonight I'll share dinner with my brother-in-law's family in Chicago. It wasn't at all what I had planned. It's better.
Holley will be sharing her words at Winsome in just five short weeks! It's not too late to join us. Go here for more information!