Do you have a life verse? I have more than one, but this verse in Habakkuk 2:3 has long been one of my favorites.
“This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fullfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed. “
It was the verse I clung to when I knew God was calling us into full time missions all those years ago. It was difficult to be patient and wait and trust like this verse tells us to do. We knew He was calling us to Honduras and we wanted to sell everything and go right away! But there was a long process to follow. At the time it felt like forever. We needed patience. We needed to trust and rest in the fact that what God had put in our hearts would come to pass when the time was right. And now here we are again in a new season where He is calling us back home and out of this country we love with all our hearts. Our assignment has come to an end. And if I am completely honest, when I first had that sense in my spirit, it caught me off guard. It actually was a while ago..before the pandemic, which may have sped up the process. I may have told the Lord I didn’t want to leave Honduras and I had no desire to move back to Canada. But I knew it was Him and I eventually warmed up to the idea. There are really a lot of things to look forward to. And I never, ever want to be out of His will or say “No” when I know He is asking me to do something. Even if what He asks isn’t easy. (Often it isn’t) Even if it’s painful. Even if it’s life altering. Because His plans for us are good! Just like it says in the theme verse of the ministry we served with…Schools of Hope.
For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” Jeremiah 29:11
So you see, we’ve known for a while this change was coming, and once again, we needed to be patient and trust that He would work everything out. Not in our timing, but His. It was difficult to have the patience to keep it quiet until we could tell everyone and not just the select few we told.
This verse was also part of the message Sunday morning at church. (Isn’t that just like our God to confirm the things already spoken to our hearts? Where we can look back and and reflect on His goodness and faithfulness to us, what He has done in us, and where he has brought us?)
What are you believing God for? What dreams has He put on your heart? I encourage you to trust Him to bring them to pass. Rest in Him. If He has said it, it will happen. Of that you can be sure. There are so many verses in the Bible that speak of His faithfulness. Have patience in His timing.
I am going to end with this verse that I read in my morning devotions the other day. “Deep in your hearts you know that every promise of the Lord your God has come true. Not a single one has failed!” Joshua 24:14b