BIG HARE, BIG FAITH: God fulfills hopes, dreams in His time
As you read this, I will most likely be prayer walking the streets in a small village in Albania with a mission team. I can’t believe the mission trip is already here. What a whirlwind of a year it has been.
As a child the days seem to be long, and the years tick by slow. I remember thinking, “I just can’t wait until I am an official teenager.” Then I remember dreaming about being 15 where you can just begin to taste the freedom that will be promised at 16 with a drivers license. There are tick marks of accomplishment at 18 and 21, of course. However after that it gets kind of wonky.
My last year of college I remember wanting to dig my heels in and make it last longer so as not to have to be a “real adult.” I knew however that my parents would not be supporting in anyway any victory lap years for college, so of course that sped by to the end of school. In an effort to slow down the process, or maybe just plain old denial of it being over, I refused to pack. My parents showed up for my college graduation, and I had one single shoebox of DVD’s, that wasn’t taped up, ready. That was it. My parents were furious, and even as they read this they most likely are sighing in disgust at the memory. My little sorority house self was not ready, and neither were my belongings. I remember thinking to myself, “Didn’t this whole college thing just begin? Why is it over already?”
As we draw near to the end of this year, you may be feeling like I did that graduation week of college saying, “Wait, what happened to this year?” I encourage you in the little time we have left in this year, to go back to the words, hopes, and dreams you had for this year. The Lord is really good at doing a lot with a little. Whether it is fish and loaves of bread, fisherman and ministry, sick being healed, seas splitting to make a way, or even hope of the world being birthed through a young unsuspecting engaged girl, He can fulfill all that was promised even in a time crunch. In Luke 1:45 it says, “Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”
You stay grounded on the words He has spoken to you, and He will fulfill the rest, in His timing and in His own way.
Caroline Hare is the youth minister at Destin United Methodist Church.