One of my favorite scriptures is Habakkuk 2:2-3 (NLT): “Then the Lord said to me, Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others. 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.”
Our vision of moving to Texas took eight years to fulfill.
I stood on these verses again when I was believing for full-time employment at Kenneth Copeland Ministries. Especially the waiting patiently part. It took fourteen months for the job to manifest.
And then I heard the Lord’s call to be a writer. So I got serious about writing and wrote the vision to be a published writer. I figured, after these other experiences, I had the patience thing down.
Nine years later, Journey to Riverbend was published.
I doubt I really got the patience stuff down, but I did learn a valuable lesson: the Father uses these patient times to teach us, to prune us, to get us ready for walking in the reality of the vision.
I could not have immediately stepped into any of these visions. I wasn’t ready even if I was convinced I was. If I had acted when I wanted to, I would have fallen flat on my face.
Our pastor in Rhode Island gave us a word of wisdom when we first wanted to move to Texas. It’s a word that still resonates in my heart when I look at my goals. He said, “If you’re going to miss God’s timing, it’s always better to be behind Him than ahead of Him.”
What about you? Do you have a vision, a dream, burning in your heart? Does it seem like it’s taking too long to manifest?
Stop and pray. God is using this time to prepare you—and not just to be patient. He is preparing you to be a success. Remember: If it seems slow in coming, wait. It’s on its way. It will come right on time (The Message Translation).