Rudolph, Clarice, Sam the Snowman, and Hermie the Elf, characters from the Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer television special, grace our Christmas tree each year.
These ornaments remind me of simpler, younger days when I would anticipate each December’s showing of this t.v. special in our living room. I would find a spot right in front of the t.v. (but not too close because it could hurt my eyes according to Mom), and soak in the wonder of this show and of Christmas in my young mind.
These ornaments make me smile each Christmas season. But Hermie the Elf… he’s my favorite. Maybe because he reminds me of me.
There’s many a day I feel like a misfit in this world. Just like Hermie.
Often I feel like I don’t fit in. Just like Hermie.
I have a longing and a dream in my heart. Just like Hermie. And I believe God put it there.
I find myself being torn between reality and the dreams God has placed within me. Just like Hermie.
Hermie made toys, but that’s not where his heart rested. Instead, Hermie wanted to be a dentist. (An elf as a dentist??) Please allow me to refresh your memory for two minutes:
It isn’t easy to break out of the mold that’s already been set. Hermie knows that full well. It’s sometimes easier just to keep “going with the flow” and forget about making waves. Often we find it’s less complicated to just do what we’ve always done, or follow the path the someone has already established for us. You might know this full well too.
But, what about that dream God has placed inside of you and me? What if we’re elves making toys (because that’s what’s expected of us or because it’s “normal”), and deep down we want be dentists instead?
We can learn much from an elf.
I’ve been walking through this “want-to-be-a-dentist” experience for the last year or so. Except my desire isn’t to be a dentist; it’s to be a writer and an author. To be an encourager and to breathe belief in suffocating, withering hearts in this world. To be the kind of person for others whom I craved during seasons of discouragement.
The Rudolph story reveals what Hermie did with his desire. But me? I first took these longings to God. I placed them and the desires of my heart in my prayers. I asked God, if they were truly from Him, to well them up big within me. To create a mighty desire inside of me, and to show me my next step. (I’ve learned I don’t need to have the entire journey mapped out for me. I just need to know the next step.) And I continue to pray daily for Him to guide me, to give me wisdom, to open doors that I cannot begin to open, and for help in being obedient to His call.
I then take the next step. Small steps are happening. Moving forward, even in tiny steps, is great progress.
One of my biggest fears is to come to the end of my life on this earth and find I’m filled with regret. Regret for not following the dreams and desires God has placed within me. Regret for not doing what God has called me to do. Regret for following my own ways and not God’s. Regret for not opening myself up to help others…because of fear, busyness, or anything else.
Friend, what dream is deep inside of you? What are the desires of your heart? What is God asking you to do? I urge you to pray for clarity and for God to grow the desire within you. And pray for Him to show you the next step.
I can picture Hermie cheering you and me on, can’t you?
Hermie never gave up on his dream.
And we know at the end of the story, his dream is realized. He becomes a dentist.
I’m praying the same for your dreams and mine as we continue to follow God’s call.
The one who is calling you is faithful and will do this. 1 Thessalonians 5:24 CEB
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