So Close You Can See It – Part I
We all have hopes and dreams for our lives. Things we envision for ourselves that requires a period of waiting and the hand of God to orchestrate our dreams to come to pass. I remember when I lived in an apartment complex I was directly across the street from a newly developed neighborhood. As I would leave the complex each day I would glance over and say to myself “One day I am going to be a home owner.” I recall as my season of home ownership approached I went across the street to the neighborhood and looked at the various floor plans. I fell in love with the floor plan, the Jefferson. I took the paper floor plan and wrote scriptures over it and began to pray for what my heart desired.
When I was officially ready to pursue home ownership I went back over to the neighborhood to discover they were no longer building the Jefferson. My heart was crushed and I didn’t want any of the other floor plans. All I knew is I wanted to live in this particular neighborhood because of the area of town and I wanted the Jefferson floor plan as my future home. I went to other neighborhoods to look at homes, but the three homes I looked at did not satisfy my desires. About a week later my realtor and I went back over to the neighborhood across from my apartment complex and I was going to settle for something else, however I still had a gleam of hope for the Jefferson floor plan. As I was telling the sales associate my story she said “You are in luck, a Jefferson floor plan just became available.” The home was already completed and was listed as an inventory home. We drove over to the property, I walked in the front door of the Jefferson floor plan, and immediately I knew in my spirit the Jefferson was my future home. I looked around the entire house, fell in love and initiated the contract on the purchase of my first home. Three weeks from when I put down a deposit and signed a contract I was a homeowner!
It dawned on me that the entire time I lived in the apartment complex I was looking over at my future and I didn’t even realize it. In Joshua Chapter 3 God had the Israelites camp out at the Jordan River for three days. They were so close to their breakthrough that they could actually see it. However, God had them in a period of consecration and waiting (Joshua 3:5) before presenting them with their blessing. There are a few points we can take away from the Jordan River experience as we wait on God for the desires of our heart.
WAITING IS A TIME FOR PREPARATION
Joshua 3:1 NIV
Early in the morning Joshua and all the Israelites set out from Shittim and went to the Jordan, where they camped before crossing over.
Verse 1 tells us that the Israelites set out “early in the morning.” When we do things early we are doing them before an appointed time. When we get to work early we may do so because we want to accomplish a task sooner. When we get to an event early we do so because we may want to get a good seat. When we pay a bill early we do so to ensure the company receives a payment on time. In all scenarios early implies that we have taken into consideration what needs to be accomplished before an appointed time.
As I prepared to become a homeowner my primary focus was working on my credit and money management. I remember I had taken a class at church called “Jesus on Money.” The class taught me biblical principles on being a good steward over my finances and learning to budget. It also prompted me to begin working on my credit. I started paying off credit cards which freed up money in my budget. As I prepared for homeownership I prepared financially. What are you believing in God for and how are you preparing for it? Expectant parents prepare for the arrival of a baby by reading books, getting their home ready, and purchasing items for the baby. If you are believing in God for your career start researching jobs and companies. If you are believing in God for marriage start studying scriptures on marriage and your role as a husband or a wife. If you are believing in God for financial restoration read scriptures on finances and learn to be a better steward. These are a few examples of preparing in waiting.
As you wait, how are you camping out? Whatever you are believing in God for there are some actions you can take to prepare, however this may not always be the case. Sometimes waiting can also mean doing nothing, but “being still and knowing that He is God.” (Psalm 46:10) There are times when circumstances are beyond our control and all we can do is trust that God is sovereign and that He will do what He said He will do.
Next week we will continue this study on Joshua 3. Be blessed and be encouraged.
Heavenly Father, we thank you that as we delight ourselves in you that you will grant us the desires of our hearts. As we seek you daily for the desires of our heart to come to pass give us the wisdom and knowledge to know how we should prepare or if we should just be still as we trust in your sovereignty. Speak to us and give us the direction we need to successfully cross over into the promised land that you have for us. Give us the strength to be obedient to your direction as we patiently wait on you. In Jesus Name. Amen
~Written by Felicia McKnight~