Today started off like any other. I was scrolling through my newsfeed and trying to find the gumption to start my day. I saw a friend’s social media post celebrating her four-year-old son’s birthday. Of course, I had to read it to share her joy. Little did I realize how profound of an impact that post would have on me.
My friend was writing about how she and this innocent soul visit their house site pretty much daily (they are building an amazing home for their family). She recalled how they would go visit when there was just a piece of land with a hole in the ground, but she told her son that it would become their house.
From the hole in the ground with a mound of dirt piled beside the hole to just the framing for what would become the walls of their home. He never doubted what she told him. The final picture in her post was a priceless picture of this young boy standing in what is now a carpeted room – his room. The wonder on his face in that picture spoke to me. He’d never doubted his mama when she told him that this empty lot would become their home, and here he was – months later – seeing it for the first time. The realization of her promises.
Wow. How many times have we stood on a metaphorical mound of dirt, unable to see the future or the beauty of promises fulfilled? I mean, it’s just a mound of dirt, right?
In life, there are so many times I’ve had tunnel vision and saw only what was in front of me. I couldn’t see potential in the dirt I was standing on (or in, or even under), but it was THERE. The whole time. Not just for a fleeting second, but always there. I couldn’t see past the rain of the storm. I couldn’t see past the valley I was in. I. Couldn’t. See.
As humans, we focus on the here and now. God focuses on the future. The could-bes. The will-bes. The just-trust-mes.
Our faith may be shaken (repeatedly), but we know that God will work all things for good, if we have patience and trust Him. That mound of dirt becomes a home. That storm clears into a beautiful rainbow and a promise of better days. That valley leads to a peak with an amazing view. But only with God.
In the stillness of a difficult time, we must refocus on His promises and look beyond what our human eyes can see. He sees clearly with a wider view. He just asks us to trust Him. He will never forsake us and His promises are always fulfilled. Maybe not in our ideal timing, but in His.
May we see the potential in our hardships and embrace the blank canvasses that will yield His ultimate promises just as completely as a little boy believed the promises of his mom.
“For we walk by faith, not by sight” 2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 NKJV
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV
“Faith makes things possible, not easy.”