Unlikely beginnings

the_nestAt first glance, you’d think it’s random dead grass in the middle of the front yard.

I’d been hearing about the babies all week. But I never expected to find them here.

It seems an unlikely place to plant a dream.

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Mother Rabbit picked a spot in a yard with a dog, with only weeds as camouflage, and planted her bunnies. Here.

If her dream is that they live and they grow,
couldn’t she have found a more protected place than this?

A more nurturing environment?
Did she fail to read Chapter 14 in What to Expect When You’re Expecting

When God plants a dream, it’s often in an unlikely place.

bunny_eyes

Jane would agree. She said God gave her a dream at 16 that she would preach to thousands. But in our church? It was never gonna happen. What was God thinking?

But at 22, Jane is now in India...preaching and teaching. Living the dream.

God isn’t dependent upon the unlikely places he plants our dreams.

He sees beyond what is: poorly camouflaged nests in the middle of front yards.

He sees what will be: life and growth.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD,
plans for welfare and not for evil,
to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11

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Has God ever planted a dream in you, in an unlikely place?

How did he move you past your present circumstances to fulfill his plans?

11 comments:

ed cyzewski said...

Hooray for baby rabbits! I hope everybody makes it out of there alright.

I've been on a journey where I've got a sense of what God has called me to do, but the details always seem to be shifting. It's like I think I know how God is going to make a dream work out, then that door closes until a little while later another door opens. It has been a real test of faith!

Glynn said...

NOT what Ed said. Baby rabbits like to eat gardens. (Although we've had those unexpected baby rabbit nests in the grass, too. What are their mothers thinking?)

God operates through all kinds of circumstances -- many, if not most, of which we humans would ignore as bad news. Good post, Lisa.

Jenni said...

So true! He plants dreams in the most unlikely places. I can think of many examples in my own life of this. Thanks so much for sharing!

Caroline said...

I love how you said God sees what is and what will be. So thankful for His everlasting, grace-filled nature!

And, thanks for sharing those pictures! Adorable!!

tinuviel said...

What a wonderful illustration and connection! Thanks for sharing this.

Barbara H. said...

So cute! I've never seen a rabbit's nest before. I didn't know they made them out in the open like that. Morbid thought, but maybe that's a way of keeping the population from getting even more prolific than it is already? But I do hope they make it.

Sandy@Jesus and Dark Choc said...

Oh Lisa, I have been so busy and have not had time for blogs....but I really must stop by your blog more. That post just soothed my weary soul. You have such a way of weaving words and concepts together. It is what I needed today.....thanks friend! :)
Oh and we had a bunny nest like that also in our front yard this year. The babies are so cute!

HisFireFly said...

Planting dreams in unlikely places? That is just so God!

He asks us to imagine what is not possible for us, for if we could do it ourselves we would also claim the glory, prideful creatures that we are.

Big dreams that only He can accomplish take our ability out of the equation!

Katie said...

I grateful God plants dreams and helps them grow because I have trouble dreaming of the future.

Jill @ Sweet Diva said...

I loved getting a peek at those sweet bunnies - what a gift to find them!
Love this....
"When God plants a dream, it’s often in an unlikely place.

But also this...
"Did she fail to read Chapter 14 in What to Expect When You’re Expecting?".....I have a great appreciation for a little humor thrown into deep truths. =)

Shaunie @ Up the Sunbeam said...

"He sees beyond what is"--He certainly does Lisa! Thanks for sharing those sweet bunnies and the reminder of God's ability to nurture dreams no matter what unlikely places they happen to be growing!

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