The Call- The Vision-The Provision
I was asked of God to build a fence.
He placed in my hand a hammer. I began to swing the hammer about into the air anxious to be about His request.
After days of hammering, I fell into despair.
"Why so downcast?" God asked.
I have been hammering for days and I have failed You. I have been unable to build the fence that You asked of me.
"You have not failed Me" He answered. Then handed me a nail.
My heart was overjoyed. I took my hammer and proceeded to hit the nail. Over and over, day after day I hit the nail with the hammer,but to no avail.
Again, I fell into despair.
"Why so downcast?" God asked once again.
I have taken the hammer that You placed in my hand and have been hammering the nail that You gave me. But I have been unable to build the fence that You asked of me. I have failed You!
"You have not failed me" He answered. "Come, sit beside me and rest awhile".
As we sat together I pondered in my heart why God would not be anxious for me to be about building the fence he had asked of me.
After a period of time I even thought to myself "has He forgotten that He had asked? or did I misunderstand Him?"
As we sat each day together, I noticed trees growing in a distance. When they reached a certain maturity they were cut and milled.
Before too long I could see lumber in abundant stacks.
God saw my puzzlement.
He then said "The Hammer was The Call that I placed on your heart.
The Nail was The Vision. The Lumber, My Provision. I called..you answered by accepting the hammer that I placed in your hand. I then cast the Vision. When you grasped the nail you took hold of the Vision.
All that was missing was My Provision...The lumber. My Provision is always entwined within My perfect Timing."
He then looked at me and said
We Can begin"
"Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing." John 15:4-5