Last Sunday my husband and I visited my grandmother. It was already 4:30 pm and the sun was barely holding on as darkness settled in. My husband pointed to the window as he tried to get my attention. “You see that?”, he said. I didn’t even care to take a look at first. There was never anything extraordinary to see out of my grandmother’s apartment windows, but my husband was persistent. “Eleny, look the building,” he said, as he got closer to the living room window. A new apartment that had been completed across from my grandmothers’ building. The architecture was modern. The windows went from the floor to the ceiling. The lights of the building were so bright that they seemed to glisten as it got darker. I wasn’t oblivious to this apartment being constructed. I remember months ago, looking out the window to see the bare scaffolding of a building being made. It was definitely an eyesore to me then. As the months went by, it wasn’t appealing enough to remember. I barely even paid attention to it. All the times I visited my grandmother and for the first time, my husband and I stood amazed at a building completed. Freshly white painted walls, tall windows, and modern decor.
As I scanned the building, I felt God impressed something upon my heart. I was reminded of how God gives us dreams and visions about what our purpose is. Our dreams may look like scaffolding right now. It may not look attractive at all.We must understand that these dreams are being constructed from the ground up. What was once a vacant lot is being built to its full potential, a beautiful product. Do not neglect the process because it doesn’t look pretty. Do not neglect the process because it doesn’t appeal to others. Don’t devalue what God is building within you because people won’t give you the time of day. Keep going. Do the work when no one is watching. Keep focused on the mission and one day the product will speak for itself. One day, what was once a dream will be something unavoidable to see, so you won’t have to beg for attention or validation. You don’t need reassurance from others on what God is doing in your life. Stop asking for co-signs and keep building. Maybe they won’t pay attention or give you the time of day now. That’s okay. Take those expectations off of them and give them to the Lord. Focus on those who will partner with you, support you, and honor them. What you have worked on for hours, months, or even years of unnoticed labor will one day speak for itself. Ask God what he wants you to build and find the courage to pursue it at all costs in 2018.
The Best Is Yet To Come,