Time in a Bottle
For the vision is yet for the appointed time, and it hurries toward the end, and won't prove false. Though it takes time, wait for it; because it will surely come. It won't delay. Habakkuk 2:3 WEB
For the vision is for an appointed time. In other words, God has marked the day on His calendar, and every hour that passes brings us closer to it. When the proper amount of time has elapsed, then the vision will come to pass.
When I was young, the Lord spoke to me and told me to prepare myself, that one day, in His appointed time, I would 'pioneer' new things in ministry, and that it would not always be easy for I would be clearing the path for others. At first, I was really excited and expected it to come soon. I worked in the day, went through Bible college at night, tried to make myself ready. Then I waited, and waited.
Time passed by, lots and lots of time, and eventually I got on with my life. Over twenty years passed by as I worked daily in the computer field and various other jobs along the way. I forgot about ministry altogether thinking that I had either missed God, or somehow wrecked His plans for me, perhaps one sin too many.
Life happened. I learned and forgot. I lost and found. In the span of one year I lost my Dad, divorced, and had my computer business burn to the ground during an insurance lapse.
When I had graduated from Bible college years before, I felt that I knew lot about the Bible and had something to say. After those years in the desert, I felt completely empty, like I knew nothing, and the last place on earth that I needed to be was in ministry. I was pretty broken.
That is when it happened. He squeezed us out of the computer business and after months without work, the week that we were packing to move out of our house, a door opened in ministry. A local company put up an ad like 'Wanted: A creative arts pastor with strong computer skills. Must be able to maintain websites, perform video editing, and put together teachings etc''
Well, we were hungry and I did have that Theology degree that I had never done anything with, so I contacted them and told them I had graduated Bible college, I was ordained, had owned a computer business for twenty years, and have built a hundred websites. It almost sounded strange saying it, but God had prepared me for this, and now it was time.
Suddenly what I had long given up on, I was now living. There were times when I thought that He had forgotten about me, but all that time He was preparing me. When the time came, His word came to pass, and we are only at the beginning. The simple, but true stories that I share here each day, are the things that I learned along the way.
When the Lord puts a dream in your heart, hang on to it. There may be a span of time between the beginning and the fulfillment, but if you continue on with Him, and keep a positive attitude, it will come to pass. Don't get frustrated and take your anger out at God because you feel it is delayed. The things that you are living today prepare you for what is coming tomorrow. You will probably find out that what you are living, is simply part of the way.Prayer: Heavenly Father help me see the big picture. Speak to me in a simple way that I understand. Please open my mind to understand Your word and light a fire in my heart to seek Your face like never before, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!
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