This Isn’t How It Looked in My Mind…

This Isn’t How It Looked in My Mind…

“Who dares despise the day of small beginnings…” (Zech. 4:10)

One of my greatest challenges is staying encouraged when things aren’t panning out like I had expected. I always have an idea in my mind about how something should look. When it doesn’t take that shape or takes longer than I expected I get annoyed. I start doubting: Maybe God didn’t really call me to do this. Maybe my own crazy mind came up with this idea.

When I’m pretty convinced I’ve obeyed God I have to remind myself of one thing.

Big things start small.

Life is a constant process of growth. I didn’t grow to 6’1” until I was eighteen. I really wish I’d have been that tall in high school, I might have made the varsity basketball team. But I didn’t. It was frustrating. But that’s life.

It’s a constant battle to stay encouraged when my dreams are taking longer to come to pass than I expected. Or when things aren’t exploding into the ginormous vision I had.

It’s in those moments that I have to remind myself to not despise small beginnings. Things may never look exactly like what I have created in my mind. Or they may. But I’ll never know what could be if I don’t hold on past the beginning stages.