God can take anybody and small little dreams and do huge things in leadership and influence. In the past couple months, I can think of one specific woman who’s dreams are getting called forth to do huge things for God, Sarah Palin. Out of nowhere, this woman who’s been faithful with her little flock, God calls forth and makes the superstar of our nation. God is literally going to do things with Sarah Palin that seemed like foolishness to even dream about. She could very well be the first woman Vice President and perhaps President someday. How kind and faithful the Lord is! Through Sarah Palin it’s like the Lord is giving women a “power surge” (in the words of my Mom) to step out of their normal comfort zones into places of greater authority, and in Sarah Palin’s case, literal government. God is stretching and “enlarging the tent pegs” in the lives of many women in these times.
“Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world” (1 Corinthians 1:20)
God is choosing the small and neglected ones of our society, the normal, the average women and mothers. They aren’t mighty or noble, they don’t come from big name places, they come from the small places. They aren’t in the lime light, they are behind the scenes and they are in the baby’s room changing diapers, in the kitchen making dinners, and in the bedroom folding laundry. God is honoring the hidden ones who have trusted Him and committed to Him their spirit’s and destinies (Psalm 31:5). The truth is that God sees your faithfulness in the mundane, in tending your sheep like David did in Bethlehem. He knows your desires and dreams to do great things for God, and He does not laugh at those desires, He created them and is able and committed to fulfilling them. His heart is more for you than you could ever imagine. Be encouraged with this passage:
“Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, and the justice due me escapes the notice of my God”? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired His understanding is inscrutable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; ; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.” (Isaiah 40:27-31)
The word for “wait” is synonymous with “trust” and it can literally mean to “intwine yourself with” God. The Lord is looking for hearts intwine themselves in His.
“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” (2 Chronicles 16:9)
The truth is that you are not overlooked by God. He sees you. And every movement and commitment of Your heart to trust Him will be matched by His unwavering commitment to uphold and strengthen you so that you can fly. This is what it means to be in covenant with Him. You were made to fly and only God can give you the wings to do it. God is the one who sowed those longings and promises in you, He is the one who created and fashioned your heart (Ps. 33:15) with longings and dreams and desires and He is the only one who can bring those dreams and promises to pass. The Lord has probably spoken to you and given you a vision for doing great things for Him. He’s sowed promises and longings in your heart to possibly be a messenger who turns a nation back to God, or a dancer who breaks things open in the spirit, or a worship leader with a strong prophetic voice, or a Supreme Court Justice who turns back evil legislation. Even if it’s a desire that’s been on the back shelf for years and we’ve been afraid to pursue it, God is the one who awakens and breathes on it and He wants you to trust Him for it. Let me tell you what, the God who sowed those desires is the Everlasting God, He is the Possessor and Creator of Heaven and Earth. And the one who owns the earth is the one who will give the earth back to the meek, those who hope and trust in Him as they choose the most excellent way of love instead of position. This is what Jesus did and the Father will vindicate Him (Phil. 2:5-11). This what He calls you to do, and He will vindicate you. “Wait for the Lord and keep His way (the little way of love He’s called you to walk in), and He will exalt you to inherit the land… He will bring forth your righteousness as the light and your judgment as the noonday.” (Psalm 37:34, 6)
“For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise.”
God does not overlook your work and your service. But He also knows that you cannot keep going on this journey without living out of faith, hope, and love. Therefore, He wants you to be empowered with confidence in His promises and His desires for you. Because of Jesus, all the promises of God are Yes, they are sure. “That is why it is through Him that we utter our Amen to God for His glory” (2 Cor. 1:20). The Lord is the Possessor of Heaven and Earth (Gen. 14:22), the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist (Rom. 4:17). The Lord can take those hidden dreams and promises in your heart and He can breathe on them. The power of God that is towards the heart that trusts is greater than any of your weaknesses. He gives power to the weak.
May your heart be strengthened in the waiting as you consider these examples of faith and patience:
I think of Hannah, a humbled, barren woman with a heart full of dreams and longings too great for her to handle as she pours out her heart before the Lord at the temple in Shiloh (1 Sam. 1-2). It was personal to Hannah. This was the dream of her heart, to bear children. But as Hannah submitted her dream to God’s dream by promising to dedicate her son to the Lord forever. God matches her desire and raises up, not just a boy, but a mighty prophet in a time of revelatory silence. Wonder of wonders, God gives life to a barren woman in order to give life to a barren nation. At the climax of this narrative is Hannah’s song of thanksgiving as she exults in praise at the power and mercy of God (1 Sam. 2:1-10). Mothers and Teachers, you do not know who you are nursing and caring for and teaching and shaping. God may just shape a nation through your children.
I think of betrothed Mary in the little town of Nazareth as she was dealing with all the trials of life just like we all do; relationally, physically, emotionally, and even politically. God was not overlooking her devotion and prayers and leanings on His strength in the midst of it all. I believe something was worked into Mary before Gabriel came to her, something that rose up in her to believe the word that God promised and to posture herself in humble meekness so as to say, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be to me according to Your word” (Luke 1:38) Mary chose humble trust and God matched it with great power, using her to bring forth the greatest redemption and salvation the world has ever seen. She got the privilege of literally being the womb of God for the redemption of the whole world through Jesus. Who was this unheard of girl from Nazareth?
“For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, from this time on all generations will call me blessed. For the Mighty One has done great things for me; and holy is His name.” (Luke 1:48-49)
I think of another young girl named Mary from a town called Bethany. Her simple devotion and it’s seeming waste in the eyes of the world was vindicated and the God-Man promised that “wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.” (Mt. 26:6-13). So, was it wasted? You decide.
When I look at women like Sarah Palin, Hannah, Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary of Bethany, and the countless other Biblical examples including Abraham, I can see how kind and faithful the Lord is to take the unknown ones and make Himself known through them, to take the weak ones who give their weak ‘yes’ and show Himself strong through them. He only wants a people who will say ‘yes’ to Him and partner with Him. This is the wisdom and choosing of God. This is how God desires to show forth His strength, through infants and nursing babes (Ps. 8:2); for this magnifies His glory. I think God is pleased in this hour to magnify His glory in the lives of women who choose the way of humble trust and submission. He did it before every major breakthrough and transition in history and He will do it again. He is the Everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. Why should you worry? Do you think He doesn’t see you? The Lord is a shield about you, He is your glory and the One who lifts your head (Ps. 3:3) He can take your weak heart and your small dreams and light a torch that draws all men to Himself. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light. “Wait, I say, wait on the Lord.” (Ps. 27:14)