In between vision and reality can be a long haul. The persistence can be exhausting and thrilling at the same time. Some days I’m holding onto the roller coaster roll bar while God smiles with a sense of excitement and other days I am rattled by the quiet of my own thoughts.
That’s when I remember on fresh days and days I struggle — the future doesn’t belong to those of us that are passionate about our dreams. The future belongs to God.
What about when we’re struggling with the In Between? How do we live in the now?
We’ve already waited and worked and waited longer for the fruit to come and yet it doesn’t. No signs of even a bud, yet we know spring always blooms after winter. We sense a calling that is beyond our doing. We pray, knock, wait for the door to open. We knock again.
We leave the door and knock on others. We question ourselves, our motive, our ability. We wander. We wonder about His grace, our understanding and His will.
Yes, without vision the people perish. But those carrying the vision sometimes feel like they will die if they don’t birth what’s growing inside of their souls. We can only carry the vision full term with extreme patience and perseverance.
In Between is where most give up. It gets really hard. There’s a lot of work to be done on our parts, too. Sacrifices are always made when you assumed there wouldn’t be any. In Between is not about waiting for the vision to happen but being a part of the process.
God can be silent after a time of great revelation and clarity. Even the resilient are weary and look small. Endurance feels like it began years ago and today is the last-ditch effort to just hold on to some resemblance of what we are called to do.
In Between is when the complaining and whining can get really loud. Almost wishing away the gift of being apart of something bigger than ourselves just for a few moments of relief to ‘normal’ life.
Vision is not of our own doing. We are mere vision carriers.
This vision is for a future time.
It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled.
If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently,
for it will surely take place.
It will not be delayed.
Habakkuk 2:3 (NLT)
We don’t cast the vision. We can only live it, allowing God to unhinge the hooks and fling the nets wide.
Vision is of Spirit not flesh and blood. Each piece planted in our hearts is looking backward to the garden, encouraging us heavenward.
Vision is not about completing a task or an assignment, but with steady courage living in faith the Jesus led adventure, daily.
The In Between is eternity and it is now.
Take heart and look for arrows pointing to the pieces of vision fulfilled in your life. I watch my daughter sleep knowing just as God fulfilled the vision He planted for her to be born into the world, He will fulfill this new family passion for His Kingdom through my life.
Relish the In Between for that is life. And let God worry about the future.