We live in a fast paced world. We want things instantly. We can’t stand to wait in long lines. It drives us crazy to wait very long for a meal. We microwave instead of cook. We text message instead of call. We believe the faster things can happen for us the better they are.
God has been teaching me a lesson over the course of the past few months. Actually over the course of the past few years.
Anything that’s going to be worth something, carry value, or have depth, is going to take a lot of time.
Meaningful friendships do not happen over one meal. They deepen over the course of many conversations.
A ministry that makes a deep impact doesn’t just sprout up over night. It’s impact follows much prayer, thought, surrender, faith, some failure, and more faith.
A marriage isn’t everything God dreams for it to be in one year. He deepens the love in a marriage over the course of many years.
Noah built the ark. But the rain didn’t come until over 100 years later.
Joshua was a great leader. But he was mentored by and assisted Moses for 40 years before the Lord made him the lead man.
Jesus walked the earth for many years before he actually began his public ministry.
The great things the Lord wants to do in your life will not happen over night, in a day, or in one time of bible study and prayer. They happen over many days, months, and years of consistent obedience, is his word, in prayer, and in close community with other believers.
God has a purpose, plan, and vision for your life. You may know that, but may be completely frustrated with the way things seem to be going. Stand firm. Lean on him. Dig into his word. Take your time. It will be worth it.
“It happens in a moment, but the story unfolds over time.” Steven Furtick