Have you ever felt like your labor was in vain? You're doing all of the right things, saying all of the right things, toiling day in and day out, and still nothing...
Well that's exactly how I've been feeling lately. The vision that I thought I had isn't coming to fruition nearly as quickly as I had hoped. I was patient for a while, but then frustration began to creep in. I just flat out asked God, "Why am I doing all of this? I believe You gave me a vision, I thought I was taking the necessary steps to make it come to pass, but the results say otherwise. So what's up?" And He answered me with an illustration of the germination process.
He showed me that seeds grow downward before they sprout upward. All of a sudden a light went off in my head. I was like wow, OK, I get it. I don't necessarily like it, but I get it. It's not that I'm doing anything wrong, but the seeds that I have been sowing are taking root. If they don't, then at any given moment of adversity, my harvest could be in jeopardy. I may not be able to see the growth that's taking place right now, but it doesn't mean that growth isn't happening. This is the time to grind, to keep watering the vision God gave me with His Word, and to keep walking by faith. Things that happen overnight, usually don't last for very long. But the things that take root have a better chance of survival.
So if you are like me, and you're wondering when your harvest is going to come, hang in there! Stay the course and draw close to God as He takes you through this process. The vision that you've been given may not happen overnight, but it will happen as long as you hold on to your faith. Keep walking in His will and His ways, and in due season you will reap if you faint not! Keep speaking life into and over your vision. Ask God to give you patience and strength, knowing that your labor is not in vain. Remember that God is with you, so keep pressing!