God gives you this great idea, and full of energy and excitement, you pursue it. You make the calls, fill out the forms, get the logo buy the domain and launch the website, then you wait. Perhaps, it’s ministry, so you find the space, reserve it; set up the ticket-buying website, book the speakers, and you wait …
Or maybe you’re running full steam: got the logo, taken the class, and registered your series. You’ve had a launch, vendored at events, and enjoyed some success. You speak at events and tell others “If I can do it, so can you.” You’ve given your time, effort, sweat, tears, prayers/fasts and just as things seem to be “full steam ahead!,” you run out of money.
Then God says, “Oh, I need you to move.” You’re shocked. You’ve never lived anywhere without family. It’s just you and your spouse. You’re working parttime, so you’ve got no money to invest in your dream. It’s an Abraham moment [Genesis 12:1 AMP: “Now the Lord had said to Abram, Go away from your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house to the land which I will show you.”].
I’m sure you’ve guessed the “you” is me. GSG was up and running, and things were going fairly well. The business wasn’t turning a profit, but it’s OK, I expected that, and it’s ministry. But when my savings ran out … then we found out we were moving … then I didn’t find a job ... then we moved … and I still didn’t have a full-time job aka the means to invest in the company … it’s a place of discomfort, a place of total reliance on God, His Plan and His Resources.
While eating breakfast, God reminded me of an analogy He gave me about airplanes.
We want our dreams to come to fruition quickly, to take off like commuter airplanes because they:
require less runway
require less fuel
take off quickly
require less crew (on ground and inflight)
they carry fewer passengers
make shorter trips
must stop for fuel after a short distance
fly at lower altitudes
While we want our dreams to be fulfilled quickly, we must remember God has given us something big.
Larger airplanes (like 737s and 747s):
require more preparation
require more fuel
have a larger capacity
require more crew (on ground and inflight)
fly at higher altitudes
While we want our dreams to be fulfilled quickly, we must remember God has given us something big. Yes, our destinies could come about quickly, but their trajectory would be limited; it would require less preparation, but the impact would be less and the number of lives changed would be dramatically less.
It does, indeed, cost more for larger planes, They require more preparation time, more pilots, more flight attendants, carry more luggage and take longer to taxi on the runway. There are more crew members on the ground working to guide it in and out of the terminal, and it takes longer to reach the desired and optimal altitude. Oh, but when it does leave the terminal …
God requires more of you because your destiny is bigger, and the ascent is higher. He wants you to be equipped with all you need to go further. Your impact is bigger than you know. Thus, He requires that you learn more before take off, that you encounter people and situations that will teach you how to handle the large capacity that comes with greater visibility. When you experience turbulence, you’ve got more and experienced pilots (The Trinity) to guide you through it, so what would have rocked the small-engine airplane is barely felt on this aircraft. In fact, you’ll fly above the storms. When your destiny is big, you carry more people; you must be able to carry them, serve them and minister to their needs with the help of a talented flight crew (the gifts of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance … Gal.5:22-23).
He will exceed your expectations every time!
So, yes. It would feel good and the immediate satisfaction would certainly answer some prayers, but what God has for you is bigger, better and more blessed than you can imagine. Hold on!
Breakthrough is coming! Allow God to do the work, to mature you, to teach you lessons and to help you hone your craft! He will exceed your expectations every time!