Delayed but not Denied by Lashay Johnson

Have you ever had a hunch that you were supposed to be doing more?

Have you ever had a vision…a glimpse of your future; and then you realized your present did not match your hunch or your vision.

The more…the vision may be delayed but it is not denied.

Let’s consider the process of conceiving. Two people come together, they fall in love, they get married, they decide to grow their family. Now there are many steps that take place before they fall in love, get married, and decide to grow their family; the process starts in seed form. Similarly, your hunch…vision is in seed form.

There is a process of planting seeds. You have to pick the place that you want to plant the seed. This is important because if the soil is not good ground you will get our turn, but it won’t be the intended…the expected outcome. The quality of your soil matters. The quality of how you spend your time bringing the vision to past matters. The quality of your relationships while birthing your vision matters. I don’t know about you, but I want the right coach around me telling me when to breathe and when to push.

The more…the vision may be delayed but it is not denied.

Seeds have to be planted with specific dimensions. This means you need to know the quality of the seed…the vision…the hunch you have. If you plant the seed too deeply it will not receive the nutrients needed. If you don’t plant the seed wide enough it may never grow to its full potential.

Stop for a moment and ponder…ponder on the hunches…the visions you have had to do something…to start something and you have skipped steps only to get to the end and have …not what you envisioned. Vision requires preparation. When Samuel identified David to be the next King it didn’t happen at that moment.

Now I know at this point you are wondering “where is this going?”

We are considering why the vision…the hunch is delayed and reminding ourselves that it is not denied; there may be some adjustments needed to get the seed growing.

The more…the vision may be delayed but it is not denied.

A seed needs to be watered wisely. I have mums in the front of my house and I noticed that one has slowed down in growth. The next few days I watered and watched and noticed I had over watered the one that has slowed in growth. Is it possible that you are trying to bring the vision to past before its time? Are you watering when you need to be waiting?

Every woman that I know who has been pregnant knows it will take 9 months before she will give birth. During this period she is required to have regular appointments with her doctor. How is your hunch…your vision any different?

So, I wonder how many of us have midwives…coaches…accountability partners that we check-in with along the way of giving birth.

I have to ask this question. When you have a hunch…a vision, what do you do next?

As soon as a woman thinks she is pregnant it is recommended that she make an appointment with a doctor. This next decision is important because it maps out the course of the next several months before giving birth. The purpose of that initial visit is to confirm that there is a viable seed. Is the hunch…the vision going to propel you into your purpose? Does the hunch..vision have the potential to thrive and come to full term?

During this first visit important questions are asked? So, is it possible when you have a hunch…a vision that you too should consult someone; someone that can help you bring your hunch…vision to past? Is it possible that you/I don’t share because we don’t want to be asked the “hard” questions?

The vision may be delayed but it is not denied.

As you get closer to giving birth, the final stage, the 3rd trimester; your visit frequency increases. Why? You are close to giving birth; the doctor wants to run a special test on you and the baby. The doctor/midwife/coach wants to prepare for a smooth delivery.

During this final stage there is something that happens within days of giving birth, it is called nesting. Nesting happens somewhere between your 38th and 39th week of pregnancy. Nesting is when women have a​ burst of energy and find themselves cleaning and organizing in preparation for the baby’s arrival. I actually experienced nesting with my 2nd child – it is a real thing.

One thing I learned about nesting is that some women think because of the burst of energy they can do anything…like climb the ladder to hang glow in the dark animals on the ceiling. Really??? A woman 9 months pregnant has the energy and an idea to climb a ladder??? Doesn’t sound safe to me, but it has the potential to happen. So close to giving birth and then make a decision that could cause major loss.

Delayed but not denied. The baby is coming. The vision will come to pass. The hunch on the inside to do more is possible. Plant the seed in good ground, seek wise counsel, stick to the regiment, and don’t make choices that could cost you; cost you time, your talent, and your treasure.

I encourage you to follow the doctors/coaches/midwife direction and you will soon have what was once a seed now formed into a promise… the vision will come to pass.

Habakkuk 2:3NLTThis vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled.If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.

The Prophet Habakkuk wrote the promise on a stone tablet, a tablet etched that God’s promise would certainly come to pass. Habakkuk demonstrates faith inaction. Habakkuk teaches us we must wait for the answer. We must wait for the next set of instructions to bring what is in our hearts to pass.

It is in the waiting that God does great work. It is in the waiting that we are transformed in the image of Christ. It is in the waiting that our faith is tested. I encourage you to believe that our God is sovereign and He is for US!

Stay connected with Lashay on Twitter @lifeisgood1172​Twitter @lifeisgood1172 andon Instagram @lashay109 and visit her website at lashayjohnson.com

Shameka Daniels

Shameka Daniels

Caring, capable, and creative are all words that accurately describe Shameka Daniels. She is the wife of Pastor Dharius Daniels of Change Church and the proud mother of two sons: Seth and Gabriel. As a strong voice in the Change Church community, she helps to lead many of the creative, administrative, and organizational aspects of the church.
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