1158 days. That’s how long we have lived in Honduras as of today. Hard to believe. Time really does pass quickly.
Just last night I was reading in an old journal that I packed with me when we moved here. It is a “blessing journal” and it’s been a long time since I’ve looked at it, let alone written it. I had kind of forgotton about it actually, even though there are many things that could have written in it since I started it back in 1999.
That was a rough year for us and yet it was a year like no other where we saw God’s care and faithfulness to us. We learned to trust in his provision. I don’t know how many times we didn’t know how we were going to make it and people handed us money at random times. We used to call them “Pentecostal handshakes”. So we never missed a bill being paid and never were in want. Infact during that time there were times where we were blessed with money left over. And times where the amount given was exaclty the amount needed at that time.
There was one line written in that journal back in September 1999 that I believed that God was preparing us for the mission field. Wow! I seriously don’t even remember writing that, but obviously it must have been a dream God put on my heart even back then. Who knew it would take fourteen years for those dreams to come to pass? It was then that I remembered my interview at the place where I was hired less than a week after moving to Toronto. Fantasy Fair . It is an indoor amusement park and was a great place to work. I loved it there and loved the people that I worked with and to this day still stay in touch with many of them.. The young lady named Gorett who was interviewing me had asked me where I saw myself in ten years, and I had said I saw myself being involved in some sort of missionary work..I think I was probably thinking more along the lines of Africa, but none the less…it was dream I hoped would happen eventually.
So, you see sometimes God may give us a dream in our heart and it might take years for it to come to pass. But it will…
The bible says in Habakkuk 2:3 The 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…
and then in Ephesians 4:20 Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work with in us..
See, life may not always seem fair. Times of hardship will come. Things we don’t understand, and things that we may question God about. But God knows the end from the beginning. Take Joseph in the bible. It’s one of my favorite stories. It’s a lengthy story so I will try and summarize briefly..He was an annoying and I think maybe a little arogant little brother who was the favorite of the father. You know the story. It spans the last thirteen chapters in Genesis. His brothers hated him because of all the dreams he had of them bowing down to him. His father gave him a beautiful new coat, but not to them. They were jealous. They devised a plan to get rid of him, and after they threw him into a pit and stipped him of the beautiful coat his father gave him, he was sold into slavery and the brothers killed an animal and dipped the beautiful coat in its blood, so they could tell the father that Joseph had died.
For over twenty years Jospeh was away from his family and father that he loved. He spent time in prison seemingly forgotten. But God had not forgotten him. He gave Joseph the ability to interpret dreams and because he was able to tell the Pharough the meaning of his dream, he was brought out of prison and given authority over Egypt and eventually through the course of events, reunited with his family. God knew all along, from the moment Joseph was thrown in the pit that one day God would use him to save his people during the famine..and one day relationships with his family would be restored.
So what dreams has God placed upon your heart?