#SelahSunday It's Been Awhile

Habakkuk 2:3 says: For the vision is yet for an appointed time and it hastens to the end [fulfillment]; it will not deceive or disappoint. Though it tarry, wait [earnestly] for it, because it will surely come; it will not be behindhand on its appointed day. [Heb. 10:37, 38.]

The vision may take awhile to come to pass, but wait for it. It's coming at the appointed time. 
The dream or promise may take awhile to come to pass, but wait for it. It's coming at the appointed time. Sometimes that's hard to remember, especially when the days seem to keep going by and you're still waiting to birth this dream or promise that you've been carrying for so long.

Interesting fact: Elephants gestation period is 22 months. So they're essentially pregnant for about 2 years before they give birth to their young. That's a huge increase from the human pregnancy period. Judging by all of the pregnant women that I've ever encountered, I can't say any of them seemed like they wanted to be pregnant any longer than 9 months. Here's the thing though, for the most part, neither species carries longer than necessary. 

Key word: necessary

In the same way, when we get in line with God's will we have to trust that we won't have to wait longer than necessary. The vision is for an appointed prescheduled time. When we get there, it gets here. God knows how we feel when we have to wait. Proverbs 13:12 says: Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life. 

God gets it, but get this: the gestation period is the time for the baby to be developed between conception and birth. One factor that determines how long it's carried, is the amount of growth required. . But when the baby is born, it's ready to be exposed to the world. 

With our dreams or a promise that we feel God has made to us, sometimes it seems like we too are in a really long gestation period haha. The thing to remember is, when the appointed time comes...it'll be developed enough to be released. I don't know about you, but I don't want to get the right thing in my hands before I'm ready for it. Before I know what to do with it, how to handle it, or before it's developed enough to be released. I'll wait for the appointed time, because then I know that it's developed enough to function the way that God intended for it too. Also, I'll be ready and prepared to know how to handle it.

Another interesting fact about elephants, they have the largest brains. Their born with advanced brain development, which allows them to feed themselves and learn social cues right away. That's what happens when something arrives at the appointed time. You don't have to constantly try to figure out how to sustain it, you're not trying to figure out how to make it work. It's ready. 

Last but not least, elephants are born blind. I thought that was interesting, because after all that time and brain development...they're still born blind. That kind of made me think of how even with our dreams, visions, what have you... you still have to continually rely on God to guide you. Don't think that now that you have it in your hands, that you suddenly can take control and don't need God to show you what to do now that you have it. Having a vision, implies that there is a plan. Ideas and visions differ that way. Some people have lots of ideas (some are good, and some well...), but no vision. When God allows the vision or dream that you've been carrying to be birthed and released in this earth, you have to continually surrender it back to Him. Trust Him with what He entrusted to you. 

Sometimes it feels like it's taking forever, but you have to trust that God is preparing you for something great...and when the appointed time comes everything that He said will come to pass. 

Isaiah 55: 8-11 says: For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.For as the rain and snow come down from the heavens, and return not there again, but water the earth and make it bring forth and sprout, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, [II Cor. 9:10.] So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

So this morning, no matter how long it seems to be taking...wait for God to deliver what He promised you. The appointed time is coming. Amen. 

I write and do these devotionals every other Sunday on WBRU 95.5 FM, during their Gospel Morning show. Be sure to tune in and check  it out!

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