“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.” – Zechariah 4:10a
Beginning something new is hard. Continuing on to completion is even harder. Progress feels slow, especially when you already have the vision in your head. But the One who gave you that vision rejoices to see the work begin, and He knows each step along the way is necessary. We can learn to rejoice in the process as well. We should rejoice, for having such a vision entrusted to us from God, and being given the passion and responsibility to bring it to life is a high honor. It is not something we can do on our own, but only by trusting and following the guiding of Holy Spirit through our prayers along the journey.
“It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.” – Zechariah 4:6b
Follow-through and completion have always been hard for me. I get big ideas all the time, and I get excited to implement them, but then I get bored with the process. Slow progress is often a source of discouragement for a go-getter heart. I have been learning how to wait on the Lord and follow Holy Spirit’s promptings, and I find myself shifting perspectives. God’s ways and the world’s ways never see eye-to-eye, and it requires a shift in perspective to see that slow progress by the world’s standards often means God is lining things up for His perfect plan and timing. The waiting is hard, but the rewards are worth it.
If you are in the midst of a small beginning with slow progress today, be encouraged to continue persevering through those small steps. Shift your perspective to see from God’s point of view. Ask what He might be lining up for you to see the vision come to full picture. Each step is a building block. If the vision is from God, it will come to fruition, because no word from God returns void. He will see it through, and He will see you through.
“Then the Lord said to me, ‘Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others. This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed’.” – Habakkuk 2:2-3
Enjoy the View,