My children and I were watching an animated version of the story of Joseph, one of the sons of Jacob in the Bible. Since the children are less than 5 years old, I had to do a lot of explanation during certain scenes.
My older daughter has watched this movie several times. At the scene of one of Joseph’s dream, where the sun and the moon and the stars were bowing down to him, I explained it meant his brothers and parents will one day bow down to him. Then my older daughter asked, “Why did he have to go to Egypt and be washing the floor and enter prison before his brothers came and bowed down to him?”
To this I replied, “Ajuju”, which I always reply her when she asks me those deep questions which I must not hurry to answer. And then I began to ponder.
Isn’t it like God to give a ‘dream’ which only comes to reality in the fullness of time? Isn’t it the same God that made a promise to Abraham concerning a son from his wife Sarah, and when the time was right, it came to pass?
Let me not go too biblical. I am sure there are certain times you have prayed and the answers to the prayer came when the Lord deemed the timing right. I believe there are certain words, prophesies and promises spoken to you that became manifest only in the fullness of time. The fullness of time could be immediately, a day later, a month later, a year later or even ten years later, or more.
And if you are in waiting, do not despair. Your fullness of time will come. In the meantime, here are some things you can consider.
1. God exists outside of time. He is not bound by nor limited by our time. While you, or those around you may feel that time is going and soon it will be too late, when He finally comes through, you will understand that His timing is perfect. The bible states that “Through faith also Sarah herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age…” [Hebrews 11:11, KJV]. There was no medical condition of this child (Isaac) which was recorded to have been due to Sarah’s age, nor was it said recorded that she had issues during the 9 month journey due to her age. Indeed the Lord perfected the conception and childbirth despite Sarah’s age.
2. God cannot lie. God is not a man, so He does not lie. He is not human, so He does not change His mind. Has He ever spoken and failed to act? Has He ever promised and not carried it through? [Numbers 23:19, NLT]. Hence if He has given you a dream, shown you a vision, or given you a word, it will come to pass. It does not matter when.
3.God does not need ‘big faith’ to work with you. Yes the Bible says “But without faith it is impossible to please Him…” [Hebrews 11:6, KJV] but all He needs is a little faith. This is demonstrated in the scripture, "You don't have enough faith," Jesus told them. "I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it would move. Nothing would be impossible." [Matthew 17:20, NLT]. Faith as small as a mustard seed could simply be a confession that ‘Lord, I cannot bear this on my own. I give it all to You because You are the only one who can help me through this situation’. Or it could be that revelation in your heart when a word of God comes alive in you, and you have that knowing that God is able, and your situation is settled in Him. Little faith is sufficient for Him.
4. Prior to a breakthrough, it may seem as if the situation heightens in magnitude, almost crushing you beyond what you can bear. Imagine that Joseph had to go to prison before his breakthrough. Beloved, where there is life, there is hope. No matter what comes your way, you will overcome “for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith” [1 John 5:4, NIV].
May your dreams come to reality.
The story of Joseph can be read in the Bible Genesis 37, 39 – 48.
‘Ajuju’ is an igbo word that means ‘Question’.