“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit–fruit that will last–and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.”

It was a year ago from the day I’m writing this, that we found out we were expecting.. our duo was becoming a trio!  And soon after our son Jude was born, we picked up our lives to relocate to Upstate, NY, to answer a call to full time ministry.  Dreams that had been engraved in my heart since a young girl, unraveling over the course of weeks… but it hasn’t come without being anchored in hope and through every season… abiding.

“I didn’t come this far to only come this far” – Christine Caine

Hope… It’s the anchor to our soul when we have yet to see the desires of our heart realized.  We hold on to hope…Proverbs 13:12 says Hope deferred makes the heart sick, BUT a desire fulfilled is a tree of life! Sometimes we go through seasons when we have held onto hope for so long that we become disheartened. But a tree of life doesn’t happen over night. It starts as a seed of hope: desire, expectation and trust in HIM.  

Now that I’ve come this far… I can understand the process.  And not only have I grown, but I’ve been strengthened by the storms that wanted nothing more than to uproot those dreams that have even yet to be fulfilled. And when challenges arise, my strength is rooted and grounded in God’s word.. His promise to complete His work in us (Phil. 1:6).   

 “Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them. Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land. They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. (Jer. 1:17-19).

The Lord called and appointed Jeremiah to be a prophet to the nations, touching Jeremiah’s lips and putting His word in his mouth (Jer. 1). He then gave Jeremiah a vision of an almond branch, which was His promise that he would watch over His word and fulfill His promise to Jeremiah.  Those promises didn’t come without struggles.  But God continued to equip Jeremiah throughout his ministry giving him the strength to stand up to those who opposed his message.  

And now let’s fast forward to a new hope.. Just before Jesus fulfilled his own ministry on this earth by sacrificing Himself on the cross, he had a pep talk with His disciples.  He described himself as the vine and his disciples as the branches.  Jesus wasn’t sticking around.. He had to leave them so that they could continue the work that He did while on this earth. But he wasn’t leaving them high and dry. The Holy Spirit would come and live in them and if they continued to abide in the vine, they would bear much fruit.  

 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

We go through seasons of change and growth, we are plucked up, replanted, and strengthened by the storms that come to destroy the harvest. But if we continue to abide  in Him through the process we will see the dreams of our heart realized.  

And there is no better time then the present for revival of our hearts towards a loving God who wants nothing more than to accomplish His purpose for our lives.  Our seeds of hope may be buried under hurt or shame. But it’s not so much that we are buried.. rather we are planted! And if we continue to abide in Him, we will see God fulfill His promise in us!

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up (Gal 6:9).

You will want to give up. Don’t.

Kate Bakker