Moving towards the goal, without knowing ‘how’ to achieve it.


Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, once said, “There are only two problems to be solved when going to the moon. The first is how to get there, and the second is how to get back. The key is, don’t leave until you have solved both problems”.

It was in 1961 that US President, John F Kennedy, made his famous declaration: “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth”.

When Kennedy set the goal, complete with time frame, he started preparing as if it was going to happen, even though no one knew ‘how’ it was going to happen. But the vision of walking on the moon and then returning safely to earth, DID happen, in July 1969. But they discovered the ‘how’ only after they started to take steps towards the goal.

Visionaries often find themselves in situations where they know what they want to achieve, but have no idea ‘how’ to achieve it. Their vision often seems to be ‘impossible’ because it hasn’t been done before, or we don’t have the resources, etc., etc.

But if our vision is God given , then we must take on board the fact that the “things that are impossible with men, are possible with God”.  Achieving something significant will often entail walking by faith, and sometimes our faith is put to the test. But just because we can’t see exactly how we are going to achieve our vision, doesn’t mean that we should just give up and forget it. In my own experience of more than fifty years of ministry, it seems that most often the pattern was:

(1) See the vision.

(2) Set the goal.

(3) Start taking steps towards the goal.

(4) Discover  ‘how’ you are going to achieve it.

Yes it would be much preferable if the order was 1, 4, 2, 3.  But then that would remove the faith element and our need to trust God.

“All too often I found people asking, ‘HOW’ will we do this? Usually the resources weren‘t in place and if they couldn’t see the ‘how’ they were reluctant to take the first steps. If we’re going to accomplish things for God, we need to trust Him to provide the ‘how’, but that
often only happens after we have have started moving forward in faith.”

I love how Martin Luther King jr. summed it all up:

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

So don’t give up on your dream or vision just because it doesn’t look possible right now. Instead, start trusting in the God of the impossible.