There is a story about a child who decided to run away from home. He was very young, maybe 5 or 6. He lived in the city, so he had packed a small backpack, and slammed the door as he got on his tricycle and started pedaling. He was determined that this was it, and he was never going to come back. He went around the block a few times until it became quite amusing. A neighbor was sitting on his porch, and after about the fourth time the little boy passed his house as he was going around the block, he stopped him and asked him what he was doing. The little boy explained in angry tears, “I’m just running away.” Curious, the neighbor said, “are you lost? You have passed by my porch four times.” The little boy looked up at him, and said, “No, sir, I’m not lost; I’m just not allowed to cross the street.”
How often do we pedal around the block in our lives and never take a step of faith to break out of our comfort zone? We are filled with determination, zeal, and maybe even enthusiasm about venturing into a new phase of our ministry, but it never goes beyond that stage, because we have convinced ourselves that we’re not allowed to cross the street. We set up roadblocks called fear of the unknown, and what little mustard seed of faith that we had begins to wither before it has had a chance to be nurtured and take root in good soil.
It doesn’t take long to put your desires in the back of your closet, and continually pile more pressing demands on the top of it until it is so buried that it’s forgotten. Wait. I pray that the Lord will bring those things to my remembrance. We self-criticize and agonize over what might have been if we had the courage to take that step of faith, and of course the enemy tells us that we are failures for even considering the possibilities of resurrecting those things that the Lord has spoken into our hearts.
Consider this: When a seed is planted in the earth it doesn’t grow to maturity immediately. There is often weeks or even months before you may start seeing signs of life. Do you think that the seeds that you planted are just dead until the day they become mature plants? No. That seed although hidden, is very much alive and growing. Often we expect instant results from our prayers, when the Lord knows that there is a time of preparation needed if that seed is going to thrive.
I would go on to say if you want to see your ministry thrive, it takes prayer, planning, and time waiting on God to prepare the field and get it ready for the harvest. You will not see results immediately for anything that you put your hand to. The Lord desires that you be faithful and that you learn to, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).
I will never fully understand why some things that I have desired to do in my life are still in the hidden stage, while others have manifested into something tangible. So, as long as I keep moving forward and doing the will of God for my life to the best of my ability, I will let the rest of my desires rest in his care until such time that he says they are ready to spring forth into life.
It is worth the wait. We must learn to walk with God, and not get too far ahead of his direction. He has prepared the way, and he desires that we walk in it. Why? Because he knows the obstacles that we must go through to find victory. Unless you follow the path you’ll never reach your destination.
In this week’s Lattereign, I admonish you that When it’s hopeless hold on to hope.
Do we really want to be free? Freedom comes with submitting ourselves to the Lord, and learning to lean on him. We have this assurance, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Have faith in God.