God unfolds His dream for us through seasons we must walk through.
Often that dream begins as a seed, and there is a necessary process for its growth. The waiting in-between the conception and fruition can bring harsh and painful realities. The rubber-meets-the-road reality calls for a walk of faith, obedience, and patience.
Disappointment, delay, circumstances, bad choices, our own undeveloped character, and even other people may press us to our breaking point and the choice to abort the dream seems the only way to get relief.
The temptation to quit is real and strong. But I want to encourage you to stay focused. To not let go of that promise. To hold on to what God is dreaming for and through you.
An apple seed does not become a fortified, towering, abundant-fruit-bearing tree overnight. The seed goes through seasons of dormancy, growth, and production. It requires darkness, warmth, water, light and time — so much time.
Our lives are no different.
We can try to skip steps, but God always seems to put us back in our place, and it is because of grace He does. While we are focused on what is happening to us, He is focused on what is happening in us. He develops us, with a priority placed on our character, from the inside out.
However, time ticking has a way of wearing us down. We may even think God has forgotten. He has not. Though our dream may tarry, and we may grow weary waiting, be encouraged. What God does know, that we often don’t, is our appointed time.
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good.
At just the right time we will reap a harvest
of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9
Understanding these seasons we must walk through, will help us when, “I am so excited about getting there!” slowly becomes “Will I ever get there?” or “I am never going to get there!” And threatens to become, “I do not even want to go there anymore,” as disappointment chips away at hope.
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12
Do not let go of that dream just yet, friend. God is not done with you.
It is often in the waiting that we begin to falter. Waiting on God does not imply we do nothing. Over the next few posts we are going to study more about what is really happening when we wait, and how we can be “deliberate” while we do.
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