This path we travel will never be one hundred percent black and white, clear as crystal, with all our ducks lined up in a row. No, that is neither reality, nor faith driven. When we can’t see everything coming together in the natural, we have to stay fixed on the knowledge that God is standing in the gap, in the centre of it all, putting unseen things in place.
In the centre of any building there is a weight bearing beam that holds everything in place, while all the surrounding parts come together to create the structure that was in the mind of the creator before construction began. While it is being built, it’s easy to look at it and think, ‘Not much work has been done on this building lately.’ But without you realising it, electricians have been wiring, plumbers have been putting drainage in and builders have been shoring up the foundations. Looking from the outside, there may seem to be so many parts that are not even in place and you wonder, will this actually be ready for opening day?
When we were still in the planning stage of preparing to serve overseas, no definite confirmation or concrete evidence showed us that we could actually get into the country we knew we were called to. God had confirmed it to us by His Spirit, His Word and prophesy all of which told us to prepare and keep moving forward. He promised us that He would do what we could not do, but in the natural things didn’t seem to be moving along that quickly and it was tempting to point out to God, that not much work had been done on our building lately.
It was so easy for us to get despondent and anxious, wondering if God had gone on holiday for a while because nothing seemed to be happening. We would look at the structure and only see the holes. It was in those times we realised we had moved our focus off the Master Builder and onto our own ability. It wasn’t until we refocused our attention to the One who called us, that our world became clear again, and we saw standing in the middle of our construction site, the Master Weight Bearer, holding everything together and confidently saying, ‘I’ve still got this.’
The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our anchor in which we cannot see. The word says: ‘The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.’ Hebrews 11:1-2 (MSG)
It is always nice however, when we did see another wall go up, bringing shape to the finished product. Finally we did get the news to say that the Government of the country we were going to was looking favorably on us coming in. Although this was more of a toilet wall sized confirmation rather than a living-room wall, it was still a wall, and we knew it was definitely God putting those pieces into place.
Don’t ever think God has taken a break. He has never let go of the weight-bearing centre of your construction and He directs from that very position. Stay focused on Him, He is still building even if you cannot see it clearly during the process.
Trust God in your journey.