When you’re expecting company, what do you do? Well, if you’re like me you start picking up around the house. You start cleaning and getting ready, because you’re expecting someone. When you know it’s going to be an unusually hot day, you check the dog’s water bowl, because you expect that they’ll be needing it. When you’re expecting a baby you get all the million and one things that you know you’re going to need, and you get them ahead of time. Why? Because you’re expecting the arrival, and you want to be ready. The day you bring the baby home from the hospital isn’t the time to start getting things ready. When you are expecting something, you prepare for it. The same thing applies to our goals. If you’re really expecting them, if you truly believe that they will happen, then you prepare for them.
There’s a story in the Bible about some kings who were getting ready for a big battle. Everything was set, except for one problem: they didn’t have enough water. They needed water for their men and their animals, but there wasn’t any. So the kings went to the prophet Elisha and told him about the problem. Elisha told them, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Make this valley full of ditches.'” (2 Kings, 3:16 NKJV) He told them they wouldn’t hear the wind, they wouldn’t see the rain, but the water was coming, so they’d better dig some ditches to hold it. So they did, and the water came. They dug ditches in the desert, to catch water that they had no objective proof even existed!
Truly believing that what you have asked for is already yours comes in two parts: being thankful for it and preparing for it. Have you made preparations for your dream? Have you made room for it? If you want a bigger house, have you prepared to move? Maybe you’ve been looking at new furnishings in a catalog, or planning how you’ll decorate. But have you gone through your things and started throwing out and boxing up? Have you been digging ditches?
Many times we choke off our flow of blessings because we don’t prepare for them. We say we believe, but we don’t take a step of faith in order to demonstrate it. We don’t make a single preparation. We don’t make room for them.
Your step of faith doesn’t have to be quite as extreme as digging ditches in the desert. You don’t have to go way out on a limb to dig a ditch, you just have to take a step. In fact, often the first step is all we can see. We have no idea what the next step will be, so we hold off on taking that first one. The reality is, after you take that first step, you’ll find the next one. The act of taking that first step causes a domino effect, and each successive step jumps out at you like those hidden 3-D posters. One moment it just looks like a meaningless bunch of wiggly lines, and the next you suddenly, clearly see what was hiding there the whole time.
What are you asking for? What is your desire? What would you do if you got a phone call from God right now and He told you that, whatever it was, it was on the way, and it would be delivered in two weeks? How would you prepare? What is the first step you would take? What’s keeping you from taking that step now? Do you truly believe it’s coming? Then grab your shovel and dig a ditch!