"For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” (Hab. 2:2, ESV)
In other words, "Hurry up and wait! Here it comes! Don't miss it!”
Have you ever felt like you were on the starting line year after year after year? Your car is fast and furious; your engine is firing; your patience is growing "thick" with the smoke of burning rubber in standstill position. It seems to take forever, but once the light turns green, you better be ready to fly. The race will not wait for you to fill your tank with gas.
You're "waiting on go."
Every dream or vision from God has its own life dynamic, its own sense of timing, and its own measurement of risks, failures, and successes. There are so many sides to its fulfillment. God gives you hints of it. He may blast you with clarity, and then not fulfill it for years to come. There are other people involved, historic timing, and your own maturity development. But when your dream comes, it comes hard and fast, and changes your life.
Last November my daughter Joy got stuck in Oklahoma on a three-day trip that turned into a week, due to the seven-foot snowstorm happening back home in Buffalo, New York. Here in the Buffalo area, we call it "Snowvember." On what should have been her last day there, she ran into a young man she had dated years before. They had pleasant words and left. But after he realized that she was stuck in Tulsa, he asked her out for coffee. When I heard he had called her, I said to Carol, "It's over. They'll get married." And so they did, eight-and-a-half months later. Everyone was saying, "Wow, that was fast!"' But I would reply, "No it wasn't! That took six long years." Carol and I have been praying for this man all of Joy's life and have believed in our hearts that Chris Barker was THE ONE for the last six years. (By the way, Chris's parents had been believing the same about Joy. We believe in arranged marriages through the power of prayer.) We've been patiently waiting for God to perform a circumstantial miracle. They lived over a thousand miles apart, and had no communication.
Of course, that's nothing compared to what happened to Carol and me. We met in January (1977), were engaged in March, and married in July. Our story makes Joy and Chris's look like Rip Van Winkle.
Patience is sometimes very challenging and difficult.... but necessary. Joy and Chris will tell you that the final timing of this is so much better than six years earlier. They are both now far more ready for each other. It was worth the wait.
What is in your heart that you believe is from God, but is still on the shelf?
Maybe it's not on the shelf at all. Maybe it is being developed and fine-tuned. Maybe you are being developed and fine-tuned. If I were you, I wouldn't go to sleep. Could be that any day now, the preparation comes to fruition, and God waves the checkered flag and says "Go!!!" He hasn't forgotten what He said to you years ago about what He was going to do in your life. It may not look exactly like you thought it would. And if that is the case, then God has something far better in mind. Get over it!
Put yourself in Moses’ shoes. At 40 years old you gain the burden to free God's people. But it is 40 years later, while in exile, that you finally get God's go ahead to do it. Then life becomes wild and dangerous at 80 years old when dealing with ten plagues, organizing a million people to leave home, dividing the Red Sea, and promising them the Promised Land. Then after another forty years in the wilderness with all of those disgruntled rebellious people, the vision is finally fulfilled. They cross over. But lo and behold, you are not there to see it. You hurry up and die so God can complete the task.
On second thought, maybe you don't want to be in Moses' shoes.
But wait, that's not the end of the story. Fifteen hundred (that's 1500) years later, Moses joins Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration to encourage the Son of God to fulfill the vision God had given Him. This whole idea of waiting to die in order to accomplish something great was not exactly what the human condition was prepared for. But if anyone knew how to exhort Jesus in his humanity to go all the way, it was Moses.
And don't feel sorry for Moses. He sits from heaven's front row witnessing the fulfillment of the greater vision of which he had a part.
Are you still waiting and wondering? I am. I have vision in my heart that is not yet fulfilled. And I am only 60. :)
Get out from under the dark cloud of your own generated impatience and sharpen your focus to hear the voice of God in a fresh way. If you need to learn something, learn it. If you need to shore up your relationships, then do it. There will come a moment when the flag will fall, the light will turn green, and God will say, "Go!"
And when he does, you need to be ready.
Hurry up and wait!
Here it comes!
Don't miss it!