This verse has been near to me for some time, but it was only recently that I really began to look at the context of it. I began to think of Mary. How at some point God spoke to her through an angel who delivered some pretty big news: she was going to become pregnant even though she’d never been with a man. Oh, and the child she would carry was going to be the Son of God.
Not exactly your normal day.
Yet immediately she believed it.
You don’t see Mary question the impossibility. Rather she springs into action and heads to Elizabeth’s house. Here’s what got me. First Mary believed she’d heard from God. Then she believed he could do the impossible. And then she took action through that belief.
Without her belly growing.
Without feeling the baby move.
Without knowing when the promise would birth and she could hold him in her hands.
No visible change occurred. She simply acted on faith.
She believed what the Lord had said to her he would accomplish, letting her doubts slip away in place of faith and action.
Oh, that we can do the same with our writing! For many of us God placed a calling on our lives and in that first moment we sprang into action, our belief heady with anticipation. Yet we haven’t seen growth occur. Or maybe we’ve watched our area expand slightly but we are still waiting for our promise to be birthed. We don’t have anything to hold in our hands and suddenly we don’t simply wonder if our due date will ever arrive, but we begin to wonder if God truly spoke to us.
But let us be like Mary! May we believe that what he promised he will accomplish! God doesn’t look at time the same as we do. I know, it’s so hard to be okay with that, but he doesn’t. Yet just like a mother prepares for the birth of her child—without knowing the time or date—we must continue to prepare for the day he’ll fully blow his breath into that which he’s already creating through us.
Because he will accomplish it.
Our job is to keep believing it through our faith and actions.
He’ll deliver the rest.