God understood that Abraham needed some encouragement so in Genesis 15, he speaks to Abram again. He speaks words of comfort to Abram, reminding Abram that he has not forgotten him. Abram is not appeased. He loses his temper with God and gets a bit sarcastic. "What can you give me, God?" Abram asks. You see, Abram has had this conversation with God before. He's heard the promise, but he's waited years and years! How do you respond when you're sure God has spoken, but then nothing happens? Weeks, months, maybe even years pass...and nothing happens. The hardship still plagues you.
God heard Abram, so he took Abram outside to change his perspective. Sometimes, we think the road to the promises of God is a straight path, but if we look closely, we'll see the twists and turns in the road from where we are to the destination of the promise. "Count the stars, Abram," God instructs him. I wonder sometimes if Abram actually started to count the stars, meanwhile thinking, "I get what you're saying here God."
Yet, it wasn't until years later that God's promise is fulfilled and Isaac is born. Through all of the life situations that Abram encountered, he had to keep in mind that night when he went outside and God promised he would make Abram's family number more than the stars in the sky. He had to remember what he saw, not focus on what he sees before him. He had to be careful not to focus on the discouraging situation before him (see), but on that starry night so long ago (saw).
That's how my faith is sometimes, like a seesaw. When my godly desires, what God has spoken to me, don't align with what is before me. I'm sure you've encountered that too. Just remember to keep your hopes up. Give your glory to God and remember what you saw, not what you see.