It Will Come True at the Appointed Time – A word by Dr. Pam Morrison
Dr. Pam Morrison
Yesterday I woke up having had a strange dream. I was reunited with a baby that was, in the dream, my baby. I was trying to understand how we had been separated.
The baby was not eating. She did not seem to want to give or receive affection, wiggling in my arms though I was trying to hug her close. I was also trying to change “the channel” on an iPad and a phone to find more suitable programs for her. Everything was out of whack and a bit of a struggle. When I woke, I felt unsettled.
As I thought about the dream, I realized that it was a picture of how I, and perhaps many, are feeling as a moment of transition is upon us. I have read prophetic words about this dynamic decade we have entered, and about the fullness of blessing expected in 2020. I have sensed and said similar things myself.
And yet, not every good thing is happening right away, and in the process of change, some things must be left behind. Adjustments to the new must be made. And so, in the dream I was trying to find the right channel, trying to bond with the one to whom I had given birth, and was feeling out of sync and off balance.
I have 3 wonderful doors open to me now of things I have dreamed about for years and I feel hopeful and hesitant at the same time. “I’ve waited so long to give birth to this.” I look around at the familiar and wonder if I can really leave it for the new. And can I really handle the new?
If you’re feeling a little upended in this season of transition too, don’t worry. I know I want “this baby” that I am birthing, and you want yours. And the Lord is in it, so He’ll help us cross over and thrive.
When Zechariah was told, “your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord…he will go before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah” (Luke 1:13, 14, 17), Zechariah said, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.” Luke 1:18
In other words, right when everything he longed for was coming true, he was responding with, “I’ve waited so long for this, I’m pinching myself to believe it can happen. I’m used to being childless, to the same old, same old routines.” Zechariah did not speak again until the day it happened, but nevertheless it did happen. God’s promise came true at the appointed time. And Zechariah stepped into the blessing, boldly using God’s name for the child, never before used in his family. The name John.
Transition is difficult but God is with us. He will bring us into that broad and spacious place that is waiting. (Psalm 18:19)