Faithful Over The Few!
It's easy to get distracted by the many things that may not be happening at the rate we envisioned they would happen. I believe it's even harder when you have a clear vision of where you are going, but the process doesn’t look the way you thought it would. For instance, I've always known I was going to have a doctoral degree, write books, create mentorship programs, travel the world, minister through music, get married, have children and do so many other things. I just knew it was all going to be done by now, but God had other plans.
I could have been upset, disappointed and frustrated especially seeing so many people pass me up, but God revealed how my faithfulness over what he's given me and my faithfulness in pursuing what he's shown me is what will determine the degree to which everything else will manifest.
Consider David, who was anointed to be a king as a boy. He knew he would be King, but it took years before it manifested. While in the waiting, he was obedient to God and showed himself faithful on many occasions. His most significant act of faithfulness was how he responded to Saul’s jealous fit. As Saul hunted him as if he was an endangered species, David received two opportunities to simply do his own thing and kill Saul. Remembering that Saul was still considered to be “the Lord’s anointed,” David spared Saul’s life. In 1 Samuel 26, David speaks to Saul who is finally humbled. In verse 23 David states, the Lord rewards every man for his righteousness and his faithfulness… Even after this incident, David still did not become king until a few more years when he received word that Saul had been killed. On many occasions, he could have allowed the attacks of the enemy on his life to discourage him. Fortunately, he trusted God’s promises more than Satan’s lies.
In spite of David’s hardships, God worked everything for his good. Romans 8:28 reminds us that, for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. David loved God and he was called to be a King. Because of his faithfulness, he was greatly rewarded and every set back set him up to be a greater servant leader.
Even though all that God has revealed to me hasn’t manifested, I’m challenged to appreciate the little things that he’s done. For example, I’m entering the last year of my doctoral program with an opportunity to expose the world to the impact of Biblical literacy, I’m using my gift of writing to speak life into young women through blogging, mentoring as a school teacher, traveling to D.C. to use my gift of singing to worship God, and being exposed to amazing people who are helping me prepare to be an amazing wife and mother. I decided to embrace the process, understanding that by doing so, I am showing gratitude for what God has already given me. I’m finding every opportunity to learn and apply all the skills and gifts God has given me.
Whatever God has called you to do, I challenge you to not despise the small beginnings. Be faithful knowing that your ability to embrace where God has positioned you, will show him that he can trust you with more. Understand that when it’s a God vision, we are graced to pursue it in spite of what we don’t see. The only way we are not able to accomplish something is by simply not believing, so keep the faith and know that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion (Philippians 1:6).