A friend called me asking me to put together a proposal for a HUGE company that needed several websites. I had a funny feel-good feeling about this opportunity. I had been asking God for a “major” contract to hit before the year. The timing for it was just right.
I worked the proposal, met with the clients several times and gave it my best shot. I sent thank you notes and followed up almost daily. I even found mutual friends on LinkedIn and had them reach out and vouch for me as a vendor.
Would they pick me? Did I have what it takes to do the branding for a NASDAQ publicly traded company? Time seemed like it stopped during that month. I was so anxious to hear if I would get the gig. I knew it was mine, I just wanted to hear it.
A few weeks after getting the first call I discovered I had won the contract. It was a huge blessing!
When we are in the process of waiting for something in our businesses it means that we have an expectation, and we anticipate a wonderful end but this end was based on a promise we received. The promise we receive is both a seed and a harvest.
When we feel God promising something to us in our business it is actually in seed form, and then we have to wait a while before we can see that seed turn into a harvest hence the reason for the waiting process. In other words, our waiting is based on an expectation of the seed turning into a harvest.
A startup business owner expects to leave his “day job” so he can fully pursue his entrepreneurial career. He meets on nights and weekends to put in the hours he can. He launches a website and begins taking on side work with a hope and expectation for the end result.
When someone launches their brand, their logo and website is the seed that the harvest of sales is coming, and she starts with great anticipation to prepare the way in advance for the happy ever after with the perfect clients.
When an entrepreneur is granted his first business loan it is the seed that he will one day reap a harvest of owning a multimillion dollar corporation.
So you see everything we are waiting on in our business began with a seed.
In business sometimes we lose track of the promise, and when we do our waiting process becomes hard, long, laborious, and frustrating. We tend to blame God for the delay in sales or finding the right employee, and we can even become rebellious towards God and the people we do business with.
The bible tells us there is seed time in our businesses and there is harvest time, and this suggests that between the seed and the harvest, there is the thing called “TIME”.
“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” (Genesis 8:22 NIV)
Maybe you are in this place in your business where you are losing faith, growing weary, and frustrated and you feel like running ahead of God but I want to encourage you to hold on, go back to the promise God gave you in seed form and envision the harvest. What does it look like? What were your desires, dreams, and vision for your business when God gave you the seed?
Take a few moments today meditating on the seed God gave you for your entrepreneurial venture and see hope arise again, God is good on His promises, and He will never fail you even though it may be taking longer than you expected. Many entrepreneurs give up halfway, they turn their backs on their dreams and vision because they became hopeless. Hope helps us carry on when business gets rough, and rough it will get! To hope in business means to have a joyful confident expectation of good and the only way we can maintain hope is by holding on to the promises of God.
The bible says
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31 NIV)
The main reason business people take their lives is that they were convinced all hope was gone and the enemy loves to keep people hopeless. Our God is a God of hope so please go back to your promise and be revived again!