Imagine the joy a mother has when her child takes her first steps, on her child’s first day at school or when her child receives an acceptance letter from a university. She rejoices not at the fact that her child has accomplished but at the fact that her child has taken steps to beginning a new phase in life.
The same way the mother rejoices in her child taking her first steps is the same way God rejoices in our beginnings. He rejoices in seeing us take little steps of faith that will radically change our lives over time, He rejoices in seeing us start small and grow into all that He has called us to be. But most of us have fallen prey into thinking God wants only the end result that He only rejoices at seeing the purpose, that vision or business He has placed on your heart done and dusted and well established. And so we negate the process and desire only the end result. We rush into putting our plans in motion that give us instant results. No wonder this generation is often called the microwave generation; people who often seek instant results without putting in much effort.
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.”(The seven lamps represent the eyes of the Lord that search all around the world.) Zechariah 4:10 New Living Translation (NLT)
But God allows us to start small because it is in the process that our character is built, it is in the process that our knowledge of Him grows and a stronger relationship is established. God allows us to go through the process because it is Character that sustains Vision and through small beginnings He equips and prunes us to be long lasting vision carriers (John 15:2) and He rejoices in seeing His children being built up for greatness.
A good example of a man who went through the process is Joseph (Genesis 37-41). He had a vision of what God had planned for Him but it was not instant. He went through being sold by his brothers, working in Portiphar’s house to being in prison and finally ending up as the governor of Egypt. I believe all that was not only building him up but positioning him to be where God had destined him to be.
As you go out today remember that God rejoices in seeing the work begin so do not rush, take little but sure steps of faith, trust that God is indeed with you, equipping and building you up for all that He has laid on your heart in those small steps. The small bricks we lay today are the foundation for the great building of our tomorrow.