When the Dream does not match the Reality

After a long day at work or school, we return home tired, but knowing that we have done our best for that day. We may have loved ones or friends waiting at home to encourage us and to bring new life into our spirits. Or perhaps you may even have plans to go out with friends or family to enjoy each other’s company. But then something unexpected happens as we reflect on our day or drive to our respective locations. It’s an overwhelming feeling that in your life, you are not where you want to be. Its an intoxicating feeling, something that creeps in when we least expect it and if we don’t quench it immediately it will continue to spread throughout us. The feeling that says, “ this is not my vision, I know that there is something more for me out there”. When such sentiments set in, what is our typical response? To be sad? Cynical? To try and let it not have an effect on us? Anxiousness?

The prophet Habakkuk found himself in a similar predicament. He knew that God’s vision for the Israelites was that they might live in peace and prosperity. Also, that they would be free from oppression, after years of injustice. But when Habakkuk looked at his reality and the reality of his people, he saw nothing that would enable him to be hopeful or have a positive outlook on things. Habakkuk cried out to God in what is commonly known as “ Habakkuk’s complaint”. He cites examples of where his people are having wrongs committed against them, he cries to the Lord, “ How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?”

Habukkuk’s tone and language sure struck a chord with me. So many nights I sat wondering, God how much longer until you show me how you are going to make this dream of mine happen? When will my door be opened so I can see the vision for my life unfold? Here is what God told Habakkuk:

“ For the revelation awaits an appointed time…. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay”

Your dream and the vision that you know God has for you will come in his timing. Focus on being faithful and to keep persevering through whatever season you are in. Sometimes we lose site of our objective and began to become consumed with all of the little trials in life.
A wise man once told me to only concern myself with the “What” God wanted me to do, not the “How” it would get done. God also told Habakkuk to take his revelation and write it on stone tablets, so that it would be seen. Sometimes you do have to see it so you can believe it. Whatever your dream or vision is, write it down and put it in a visible space so you can see it everyday. This will condition your faith to believe that it is indeed possible, and that God will make it happen.
This week, remember that your vision does wait for an appointed time. Be hopeful, and take a small step of courage and commit to writing down exactly what you want to happen so that you will see it and remind yourself that it is possible, and its coming soon.



Things to think about:

-My vision will happen in God’s timing

-Worry about the What, not the How

-Write down exactly what the vision is so you can see it, everyday.


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