My days have passed, my plans are shattered, and so are the desires of my heart.
Yes, sometimes God breaks and shatters dreams. In this case Job has come to the realization that he has lost everything. Finances, family, friends, all of it gone. But what he doesn't know is that later in the book God blesses him with so much more. Job does not know the end yet. He is stuck in the middle. He knows only pain and suffering. But there is light at the end of the tunnel. However, it does not come for a long time. In fact he won't know for like another 20 chapters. The lesson here is that sometimes that in order for God to bring blessing, there needs to be a changing of things. Even when you lose everything, and you feel you are in the depths of despair, God is breaking your old dreams, to create new ones. And ones that are greater than what we could even imagine.
It is not fun to be in this part of the narrative. It is a time of great uncertainty and great unrest. It's not a great place to be in. It happened to me and I do believe that it is happening to me now. God is in the process of changing my dreams and shattering my plans, but I know that there will be better ones. I have to remember that when I am in a season where the Lord is pruning or changing, it will be better on the other side. Even if the season hurts, and there is pain and sorrow, what is on the other side is even better than now. For it is true that the shattering of dreams today is the foundation of better dreams tomorrow.
Thank you Lord for this reminder that You know the ending, I don't. I have to trust in You.