Nehemiah is a rich book. One great example of the story is how Nehemiah and his community managed themselves and others as they completed a massive project. As with any project, there is a starting point and a vision of what the finished work looks like. This gap between the start and the finish is where life happens.
Some of us have a tendency to expect the completion of our vision sooner than is logical. Sometimes this tendency leads us to go beyond ignoring logic and simply not having the patience to wait through the logical. It’s as if we are always asking God for miracles.
Does God still perform miracles? Sure. But many of the situations we want to experience change, where we envision the completion of a “project,” aren’t “lion’s den” moments. For example, changing the culture of an organization doesn’t happen in 24 hours, overcoming a cocaine addiction most likely takes months or years, and reshaping a dysfunctional family can be the work of an entire generation.
That’s reality. Some questions we should ask ourselves are, “Am I committed to closing the gap? Am I willing to see this through rather than expecting God to do what He intends me to do?” We know where we are and can probably envision where we want to be, but are we committed to the work and time to close the gap.
That’s doable. It actually may be even more life transforming than an instantaneous miracle.
So here are some questions to challenge ourselves when beginning a project, committing to closing a gap of any nature:
- Where am I and where do I want to be?
- What’s the real challenge I want to overcome?
- What does God desire for this situation?
- What steps are needed to start overcoming?
- How long am I willing to work on closing the gap?
- Who should I recruit to walk with me through this gap-closing season?
- How will I celebrate when the gap is closed?