I love the stories of the births of Jesus and John the Baptist. Even when they were still infants, people already knew they were destined to do great things. They knew that Jesus was going to become the Messiah and the Savior and that the hand of the Lord was with John.
Then came the lost years of Jesus and John. Aside from the story of Jesus' getting left in the temple, we don't have any other records or stories of their childhood or early adulthood. What we know is that they both grew and became strong in spirit until their day of manifestation in Israel. And the rest, as they say, is history.
When you were still studying in school, when you just graduated from high school, college, or university, or when you were just starting in your career or in your business, you might have been full of hope. You believed that you were destined to do great things. You were looking forward to a bright future. You felt that nothing could stop you from achieving your dreams.
Then somewhere along the way, you probably stumbled just like everyone who was full of hope. You probably made a mistake, followed by another, and then another. Now, you may be desperately trying to cling to a little bit of hope left in you. Worse, you may already be losing your way. You may already be "accepting" things as they are. You may already be preparing yourself to give up on your dreams and on your greatness and just live a mediocre life.
Right now, no one may be recognizing what you do. You may already be feeling defeated. You may be in the "lost years" of your life. You may be in your desert. But, don't lose hope. Your day of manifestation will come. Don't lose faith in yourself and in your dreams. You are meant to do great things and no amount mistakes or failures can ever change that.
But, you have to be patient with yourself, with your dreams, with your success, and with your progress. Jesus, as great as He was, didn't do His ministry in Israel until He was in His thirties. On the other hand, John the Baptist stayed in the desert until the day of his manifestation.
While you are waiting for the day of your manifestation, grow in spirit, grow in character, and grow in trust and in faith. Keep on honing your skills and developing your craft. Keep on preparing for your success. Never give up even when nothing seems happening. Keep on believing in your ability to figure things out.
Eventually, the day when you will succeed, the day when you will be recognized, and the day of your manifestation will come.
When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her. When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said in reply, “No. He will be called John.” But they answered her, “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.” So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God. Then fear came upon all their neighbors, and all these matters were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea. All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, “What, then, will this child be?” For surely the hand of the Lord was with him. The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the desert until the day of his manifestation to Israel. – Luke 1: 57-66, 80