My absolute favorite sandwich shop in the West Loop is Nonna’s. The perfect meal option for those days when I am feeling a ravenous hunger. So many great conversation occurred in this little cute sandwich shop. There is nothing better than great company and great food to make a chaotic busy work week feel so much better.
Just the other week I had a great conversation with a dear friend, who made me feel so much better about a very frustrating season I have been experiencing. He made me feel better because he too is experiencing the same kind of season. He knew exactly how I felt. Have you ever had a hunger for something so big, that your stomach felt like it was going to shut down if you didn’t satisfy that craving immediately. You can smell the food and can imagine yourself taking the first bite, tasting that amazing meatball sandwich. You are just a few steps away from that amazing meal but something is holding you back. This pretty much summarizes how we both feel about a dream in our hearts that we want to come to pass. It’s so big and beautiful! It’s so amazing and self-fulfilling. We have spent years and years preparing and taking steps closer and closer to our dreams, but it still hasn’t come to pass. We can see the finish product but currently don’t have the means or the resources to fulfill this dream. To have such a huge hunger and no food in sight, is extremely frustrating and discouraging. It was great to hear my friend’s words of encouragement, “We don’t know what is going on behind the scenes. We don’t know the time and place the dream will be fully revealed. All we do know is that God is good and He is working. It could be a few years or it could be 10 years.” My response “Nooooo I can’t possibly wait another decade!!!”. He responded “Yeah, me neither. Nonetheless, we know we are fully blessed when we are obedient to God’s time and His will.”
Amen!! Such words of wisdom. I hope my friend’s words encourage you like they encourage me. Whatever dreams that have been placed in your heart, don’t be discouraged when you look and don’t see a means to an end. Everything is at work in the background, even if you don’t see it happening right now. Everything is lining up. You are currently exactly were you need to be; learning the lessons that you need to learn in order to build your character and capacity. The grander the dream, the more trust we have in God. I don’t believe God is a God who gives us little dreams! Dream Big!!
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