There is a house near my neighborhood that has been in the process of construction for over three years. This Christmas will mark its third season of empty holidays—no family to fill it, no fireplace to warm it, no Christmas decoration to trim it—completely and utterly alone. But this state of emptiness does not mean that it has been idle. On the contrary, busy hands have been methodically building this home for endless days. The foundation alone took a full year, and the structure of the house took another year!
Every time I pass this house, I’m amazed at what has been accomplished but keenly aware that it is not ready yet. To say this home is a mammoth is an understatement. And to say that it has been hurriedly constructed would be the opposite of the truth. In fact, the design of the house has obviously been well planned and every detail of construction has been scrutinized. The foundation goes deep and the structure of the home is made of steel, not wood. This house is being made to last centuries, not just a single lifetime! But…
I wonder if the family had grown impatient to move in.
I wonder if they have lost hope of ever stepping foot into their dream home.
I wonder if they have visited the construction site to encourage themselves.
As I look at this home, I find understanding for my own impatience, and I’m able to tighten my faith around a deeper hope. Many times God gives us promises that seem like they will never be fulfilled. We work diligently in obedience to the Holy Spirit and we remain patient to His timing, but after years and years and endless days, we wonder if we will ever step foot into our Promise Land. We have trouble seeing the finished product, and our hope begins to falter. We want to give up, but the time, energy and resources we have poured into our dream won’t allow us to walk away. We wait at the construction site of our dreams, but everything appears dark and desolate. The promise is not yet ready.
And what God keeps reminding me is that the bigger the promise, the more effort and time it will take to build it. God does not build dreams haphazardly, and He wants to build them to last many lifetimes. If His promise to us seems to tarry, we must come to a conclusion that the promise is bigger than we had initially expected. God will build the dream as large and strong as we are willing to wait. The only choice we have then is to cling onto hope as hard and as long as we possibly can. We can’t let anything lure us away from the construction site of our dream. If God’s has given us His YES, we know His promise will come to pass. One day we will step foot into our Promise Land!
So instead of losing hope, we can ask God to give us a divine vision of His promises for our life. We can be in awe of all that He’s already accomplished in and through us and not be discouraged by how far we still have to go. The longer we wait, the sweeter the homecoming will be. We also must be careful not to get sidetracked by other lesser dreams. We might be able to move into these dreams more quickly, but they will only accomplish a fraction of what God can accomplish if we wait on Him. Nothing will ever be more delightful than the plans that God has for us.
Wait on Him. Don’t give up. Stay the course. God will turn on the lights of your dream and welcome you home before you know it!
“This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.” – Habakkuk 2.3 (NLT)
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