I’ve said before the that “big event” mentality of many Christians is a dead-end. Apparently Dallas Willard agrees:
Among the many misunderstandings Jesus had to counteract in his teaching was the one that held the kingdom to be some gigantic event in some special place. This was human thinking about human kingdoms, which always fit that description. He was constantly faced with people who wanted to know when the kingdom of God was coming. When is the big commotion? He patiently replied that the kingdom of God was not that kind of thing. It was simply God reigning, governing. It is not a special event you could see happening over here or possibly over there. “Now look,” he said, “the kingdom of God is right here among you” (Luke 17:20-21, paraphrase). His main sermon line was: “Get a new thought! The kingdom of the heavens is available to you from right where you are!” (Matt 4:17, paraphrase).
– Knowing Christ Today, p 153.
It’s not like an explosion, it’s like a seed. To truly work with God in the kingdom we need to be prepared to plant seeds that won’t come to fruition until long after we’re dead.