I’m in two seasons of life at the same time: the “already” and the “not-yet” of God. It can be difficult to see there’s more to come in the “not-yet” season of life. I’ve had many seasons of “not-yet;” however, the longest season, by far, has been the dream of starting a church–which I thought was to be a part of my God-given purpose on earth at age sixteen. I’m not sure what I would have done, if, I knew the “not-yet” would be so much later on my time-line of life. Yet, I now see the perfection of God’s timing.
There are none of us immune from struggling with the “not-yet” seasons of life.
Hope is the key.
Here’s how it’s explained in the book of Romans:
24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Romans 8:24-25, NIV
The thing that kills patient hope in the “not-yet” seasons is discouragement. In reality, discouragement stands at the door of life on a daily basis; however, it’s a choice to let it in or not. Without a doubt, it’s tempting to invite discouragement to cross over the threshold when it seems the not-yet will never come. Discouragement blinds the view of God’s work in the “not-yet.”
It’s important to remember, that no matter how it all seems:
There’s hope in the not-yet. Though unseen, God is at work. The “not-yet” will eventually become the “already.”
It’s exciting and at the same time challenging to hope in the not-yet, but oh so close to already as we launch The Red Door Community Church. We will be sending The Red Door Prayer and Information Publication for February in a couple of weeks. We are praying for many individuals to stand with us.