Faith stands at the edge of your unborn tomorrows and whispers deep into your soul – it will happen. I saw this quote on Dr. Stephen Swisher’s Facebook page early last year and it immediately went into my Life Notes and is now also written on the May page of my calendar. It is what I’m thinking about and meditating on, asking God to make it real in my life this month. Getting those unborn tomorrows birthed, however, takes perseverance, patience, and trust. Birth is a messy, unpredictable process. It can be quick and relatively easy, or it can be long and fraught with complications. It’s the same with birthing our dreams. Some seem to come to pass with little effort on our part, but most have to be fought for, believed for, waited for.
I am a really patient person by nature. I think the proof of that is the fact that most of my kids have now made it to adulthood in one piece …especially that 3rd kid. 🙂 I love him so much, but it’s a miracle either one of us survived his childhood! But that’s not the subject of the day… Perseverance – steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. That one little sentence sure says a lot.
I think the thing I find hardest about perseverance is the element that you are waiting for results while not really knowing the outcome. I hate surprises. Some people thrive on them. I don’t. (Please tell me I’m not the only surprise-hater out there…) I want to know before I do something exactly how it’s going to turn out. I’m pretty sure God thinks that’s funny. The last 6 years, well 3 especially, have been full of big changes with no way for me to know the outcome ahead of time.
“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have” (author unknown)
Perseverance has a strength to it. There will be times you want to quit (umm…Hello, me, too!) and sometimes I will give myself a day, or even just a few hours, to say “I’m done”. I have no choice but to pull myself back up again, the short people around here kinda depend on me – and neither do you. But always remember that you don’t have to walk this road alone. Even if it’s just coming back here and knowing that I understand what it’s like to want to hand over your adult-card sometimes.
It can get really hard to be patient in the persevering. When we’re facing a mountain, we want to know what’s on the other side (unless you’re one of those surprise-loving people who finds it exciting not to know…weirdo…I say that in love). I often wish God would just give me a preview of the outcome so I could relax a bit. (But that wouldn’t take faith, right?) I think it has to do with trusting the person who holds the “surprise”. If we don’t trust them, it’s hard to believe that what’s in store for us is something we would really enjoy, something for our benefit.
“Where God’s love is , there is no fear; because God’s perfect love takes away fear.”
I John 4:18 (ERV)
I forget that sometimes. That God’s perfect love means I don’t have to be afraid of the outcome while I’m waiting. He only wants the best for us.
Ladies, my heart longs to encourage you. You can get through whatever you’re facing. I don’t know what that is, and it might seem an impossible task. My prayer for you today is that you would be able to hold tight with perseverance while you wait for Him to bring you to the surprise ending…because His perfect love means you can trust Him that it’s gonna be awesome (even if it might not be what you expected)!
Keep Dreaming ~