Emboldened, we set about doing a crowdfunding campaign to raise awareness and/or funds for my husband’s business idea. We worked some incredibly long nights.
In praying about it, I felt like maybe this business would be funded by the second day of the campaign. I brushed it off, feeling that was either ambitious or really quite…silly. If crowdfunded, that would nearly require the campaign to go viral. From my own business endeavors I was well-versed in social media campaigns being no easy task (and usually being a flop). If not crowdfunded, it would require someone to want to invest venture capital money into the project—a thing that Adam had already tried so many avenues to acquire.
Day two, Adam called me after having an unrelated business meeting. His voice sounded dumbfounded. Someone expressed interest in funding the business.
And then we waited. By then, we’d had plenty of practice though. This part is hard because even when things fall into place, even when you want to believe that having faith matters, it doesn’t always mean things will come together how or when you hope that they will. I remember reading once that faith is the ability to trust God for invisible realities and to act on God’s promises regardless of what circumstances appear to be. The willingness to risk failure in pursuit of a God-given vision means that you’re trusting in and counting on God to work out the details because you recognize that only He can.
“…we count as blessed those who have persevered….The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.” — James 5:11
Waiting isn’t comfortable. Perseverance isn’t comfortable. Both, however, remind you that what you’re doing isn’t in your own strength. It’s an important lesson to learn and, if necessary, relearn.
You know those ridiculous “who wore it better” slideshows after award shows? (Admit it, you’ve clicked through those during lunch break boredom.) I was thinking about that some time ago in relation to David and his son Solomon. Who wore the crown better? The one spent years with a yet-to-be-fulfilled, royal promise over his life while that same life was in jeopardy. The other had all but everything in the most literal and effortless sense. They both had their flaws and vices, but the one who waited was the one who had a heart after God and would turn back to God even after he’d stepped outside of God’s commands.
Sometimes good things happen in the waiting.
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