Today I went to the basketball court to work on my shooting and dribbling skills. When I got to the court, it was covered with water and puddles from a sprinkler system that was obviously overshooting the grass and watering the court as well. One end of the court was worse than the other. I went to the end of the court where there was less puddles, but even then, there was still a lot of water. The end I went to forced me to face into the sun and to shoot into the wind, both of which are detrimental to shooting.
I tried to avoid the water, but it didn’t take long for the ball to bounce off the rim and land in some puddles. My ball ended up soaking wet and water logged and it stayed that way during the entire practice time. Of course, this made the ball slippery and the composite leather cover began to soak up water, making it much heavier than normal. Needless to say, I found it very difficult to get into a consistent shooting groove. In fact, I was way off and my shooting was terrible. It only made me more determined, but I never did quite dial in to the point where most of my shots were going in. It was one of those days where I felt like a beginner. I wondered if all those years of practice were doing me any good, but I know that all of the past hard work and discipline will prevail if I continue to practice and don’t give up because of a set-back.
If you have a relationship with God, you will probably find that there are days where everything seems to be working against you. Even though it seems like everything is working together for bad, you remind yourself that God is working everything together for good, if you will continue to love him and live according to his purpose.
There may be days when it seems you are losing ground instead of gaining ground in spite of years of hard work. You try to show love to people and they hate you back. You want your business or ministry to grow, but it seems to be dwindling. It may be that you were just starting to see an improvement in a relationship with a husband, wife, child, friend, coworker, or boss, but the relationship you were trying to cultivate falls back into an unhealthy pattern of interaction.
Growth and progress rarely happen in a continuous progression without any setbacks. King David didn’t go straight from a great victory over Goliath to the throne. It wasn’t long after defeating Goliath that he ended up in the wilderness, just trying to survive. God eventually raised him up as king, but there were many set-backs and trials along the way.
If you are going to reach your destiny in God, you must be consistent and disciplined in your thoughts, attitudes, and actions. If you remain faithful, the fruit you are looking for will eventually show up. It might not show up immediately, but it will show up at the right time. The Bible says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”