God’s Timing, Part 3

What are your dreams?  What visions or desires has God planted in your spirit?  What things ruminate in your spirit and soul like seeds and sprouts longing to burst through the soil as “plantings of the Lord for the display of his splendor” (Isaiah 61:3)?

God often uses the metaphor of gardening, with seeds, trees, harvests, and branches to communicate the secrets of His Kingdom work and our spiritual growth.  What God has put inside of you – the words, dreams, promises, visions – He is faithful to fulfill!  He knows that “a desire fulfilled is a tree of life” (Proverbs 13:12).  But His timing is extremely important in the growth, cultivating, and harvesting of these dreams fulfilled.

Our tendency is always to assume that dreams fulfilled come easily through blessing.  But God sees a bigger picture.  His faithfulness doesn’t depend on easy circumstances but moves steadily through the necessary process of nurturing a seed into “a tree of life.”

  • In seasons of difficulty – God is cultivating the soil of your soul
  • In seasons of darkness – the seeds of faith are germinating under a protected blanket of Sovereign care
  • In seasons of emptiness, of hunger and thirst – God is pruning your branches and stretching your roots down deep into the soil of His Love
  • In seasons of stretching – God is expanding your capacity, extending the poles of your tent, in preparation for a harvest that exceeds your expectations

God’s goal for me is bigger than my own comfort and ease.  He loves me enough to believe in me for more than I am.  His goal is for the Church to thrive, to reach the potential of all He made us be, to bear fruit for His eternal glory.  This often requires a period of pain, a period of cultivating the soil of our souls, pruning the branches back to pool resources together, grow roots deeper, and finally reach our branches out beyond our previous capacity.

I have learned to appreciate and thank God for these seasons of cultivating growth but now find it hard to imagine a season of actual harvest, of reaping what I have been sowing into…  I have accepted the fact that “in this world there will be trouble” (John 16:33), but here my faith is challenged: Do I also believe God for seasons of ease, abundance, and joyful celebration this side of heaven?

And here my faith is challenged: Is it possible that we are ready for a harvest?

Supernatural seeds lead to supernatural outcomes.

Despite the possibility of sounding too vague or abstract, I find myself in the mounting tension of a climax in the plot line of my story.  You know in a movie when tension builds to the point when everything could either fall apart or resolve with ease?  Today, through the month of June, I feel that tension.  I perceive a beautiful harvest in the days to come but also stand in the unknown middle-ground of a potentially bad ending!

I am terribly uncomfortable, as though my life is hanging in the balances, but there is little I can do but wait.  I see great blessings ahead and a dark, looming threat.  I want to find control, security, determine the outcome before it arrives…  Instead, the words of God to the Israelites, as they stand at the edge of the Red Sea, with Egyptians chasing them from behind, ring true:

“Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.  The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still” (Exodus 14:13-4).

Sometimes, a supernatural, God-ordained harvest is born out of circumstances that look entirely different in the natural.  Those natural circumstances add a pressure that is needed, like contractions in a birth.  The natural pressure brings a contraction that forces us to look up and believe God to fulfill His purposes!  It requires us to see, recognize, and believe with eyes of faith that can perceive the things of God.

Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear?” (Mark 8:18).

I see and acknowledge what is in the natural and I perceive what is happening in the supernatural…  I believe God’s timing in my current season is for harvest and fruitfulness.  I thank God for His incredible faithfulness, awesome deeds, favor, and blessing.

I am watching, Lord.  Part the Sea :).

Nothing stands in the way of His will. 

God’s timing is for His purposes.  If you are in His will, He is accomplishing something in you particular to this season you are in.  God’s will to accomplish something in you, if He is Lord over your life, reigns as the sovereign authority and power over your circumstance.  He is the only force that can move you forward in supernatural destiny, so “keep in step” (Galatians 5:25) with Him!  If God has willed your branches to be pruned, let them be pruned.  If He has willed your roots to go deeper into His love then let them dig in and press deep into the dark soil of your wounded soul until you discover His love even there.

And when He decides that you are primed and ready to grow up into “a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor” (Isaiah 61:3), nothing will stand in the way of your season of fruitfulness.

Is your heart sick? 

The problem is, when our desires are unfulfilled, the heart gets sick!

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life” (Proverbs 13:12).

Sometimes, we get stuck in our pain, stuck in our losses, stuck in our circumstances that are less than we had dreamt.  Our immediate pain is too great, so our eyes cannot easily lift above our circumstance to take in the bigger picture of God’s vision for our life.  So, we stop seeing and perceiving the things of God.  We stop trusting and believing, assuming that He has left us, abandoned us, forgotten or disappointed us.  And we reject God’s will for that season.  We keep our roots turned inward so we can never grow.  We wrap our branches around ourselves so they can never be cut.  We refuse to stretch out, never making room for the tree of life He promised.

We decide whether we will give birth to our destiny. 

Allow God’s timing to reign and His will to be accomplished in you.  His timing is worth the risk.  His process of cultivating is worth the pain.  His supernatural harvests and trees of everlasting Life are worth the mighty adventure!

Father, bless my brothers and sisters, in whatever season they find themselves.  Give them insight and spiritual perception to know what you are trying to accomplish in the soil of their soul.  Provide the all-sufficient grace that is needed to endure pain, suffering, and loss.  And provide the all-sufficient grace that is needed to revel in fruitfulness and celebrate the Lord of the harvest!  

I call forth those seeds, those dreams, those visions, those sprouts… May they grow into trees of Life, desires fulfilled, plantings of the Lord for the display of His splendor.

 

 


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