You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. –Hebrews 10:36
On a cliff overlooking the sea in Cornwall, England, sits a theater built into the rocks. Seeing this theater, you might assume that many workers and machines built this picturesque place. However, you would be wrong. It was the work of one woman by the name of Rowena Cade, who spent the better part of her life planning, building and funding her vision. She spent over 50 years building the venue to give theater lovers an unparalleled experience. To this day, visitors from all over the world sit in the hand-carved seats and enjoy various productions.
People must have thought Ms. Cade was crazy to spend her days carving seats out of stone to create this theater. It reminds me a bit of Noah. God gave Noah the task of building an ark that would hold at least two of every animal and could withstand the 40 days and nights of the biggest storm in history.
Can you imagine what Noah’s neighbors thought? What would you do if you came out of your home to see a man building a giant ship in his front yard? If you are like me, you would lock your doors and warn the police about your crazy neighbor.
Unwavering vision and perseverance characterize people like Rowena Cade and Noah. They exhibited vision that did not waver. No one could dissuade them from their vision. They knew what they intended and they proceeded with determination and with steadfastness to complete their task.
So what does the Lord have for you? What vision has He given you? God has given each of us a unique purpose. When you pray, ask the Lord to show you what He has for your life. And when He tells you what that vision is: motherhood, speaking, evangelism, teaching, serving…hold onto it. Cling and press on with unwavering determination. For if you do, in the end, His will and purpose will be accomplished and He will have been able to use you for greatness in His kingdom.
1. Many people have visions and dreams, but not all of them come to fruition. What do you think is the difference between the people who think and the people who act?
2. How can you be someone who accomplishes his or her dreams and not just someone who dreams?
Genesis 7:11-12; Hebrews 10:35-39; 1 Timothy 4:11-16