Last week I wrote about “doing the vision.” This is where we put action to our previous praying and planning. Habakkuk 2:3 says, “For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”

After we begin to do the vision, we must understand it will come to pass if we don’t give up on the vision.

The Lord tells Habakkuk the vision will speak, it will not lie, and encourages Habakkuk to wait for the vision because “it will surely come.”

It’s possible to become discouraged when our vision, plans, or dreams don’t go according to our timeline. The vision will rarely, if ever, go according to our timeline. We will have the choice to keep running with the vision or to give up on the vision.

Patience is key. Continually going to the Lord with doubts, fears, discouragements, etc. is important and will help us grow during the waiting period(s).

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A new vision from the Lord will most likely take a lot of time, a lot of work, a lot of resources and a lot of prayer. We see this truth in the business world. According to the U.S. Small Business Association, only 70 percent of new businesses survive the first two years. After five years, about 50 percent. After 10 years, about 33 percent.

These statistics speak to the fact it’s sometimes easier to give in and give up on the vision than to keep working, praying, and trusting in the Vision Giver.

Don’t despise small beginnings (Zechariah 4:10). Rejoice in the small steps and the small successes. Learn from mistakes and failures. Bring these failures to the Lord and receive His input and plan going forward. After all, if the Lord gave us the vision to begin with, then we are not alone.

My brother and I inherited our childhood home after our father passed away in 2017. The Friday before Memorial Day, while getting our home in Detroit Lakes ready to sell, I received a phone call about our childhood home. The caller said they were planning to call the city to get the house condemned because of the property’s condition.

Shock. Discouragement. Fear. Anger. Tears.

I soon realized this was an opportunity to be distracted from the vision God had given us. I brought my pain to the Lord and He gave me peace and vision going forward.

We worked many hours with friends and family to begin to clean the home. The house was not condemned. We may lose tens of thousands in damages and lost rent, but I did not and will not give up on the vision. “It will surely come.”

Joel Juni and his wife Jennifer are the pastors of Restoration Christian Church in Park Rapids.