This is a concept, that in itself sounds pretty dry to our ears. It actually feels sometimes like a car brake; we think it is slowing us down. Talking about process makes us feel pain even when we haven’t gone through it or even started.
We are inspired by the stories that evoke human achievement. The ones that portray an underdog that emerges triumphant. Or the ones where an immense injustice has been done, and that it is ultimately redeemed. We all have heard of them. Men and women like Rosa Parks that took a stand that started a civil rights movement. Eric Liddle, who won the Olympic Games in a race he had not trained for, after refusing to run on a day he regarded as sacred to his beliefs. Joseph, that was promoted to second in command right out from the dungeons. What about king David, that had to run for years after he was anointed as king, walking with a bunch of rejects as his army. We could mention hundreds of known and unknown stories that rekindle the spark of creativity, courage and tenacity in us. They have many things in common, but the one that we often oversee, is process.
To get to that tipping point, to be equipped with the necessary tools for the task at hand, they all underwent a process that gave them the capacity and the character to perform and transform the situation they were in. Creation itself, underwent a transformation that took time. Such is life, a process. The mere growth and transformation that takes place in the womb of a woman, and the time it takes for the child to develop to term and ultimate birth, is a process. When that stage ends, a new one starts. And what a wonderful metaphor to use for describing process.
It is also true for you. It could be that you’re in the early stages of your situation and see no reason why you are in the middle of an unending drama that consumes every single second of your thought life. An injustice is taking place and you cannot see the way out or the reasoning for it. It makes it hard to understand that great dreams are building up inside of you, but your reality is just so different and everything screams at you to kill those dreams. It might be so personal, that great pain is what you only know as a way of living. But would you consider a different stance? Would you give yourself a new opportunity? It might be the process that God is using to reshape your thinking, your character and your attitude, so when the time comes, it will exude the greatness for what you have been created.
So don’t reject process, embrace it, let it teach you. Look at it from another angle, because all things are meant for good for those who love God. And I grant you that I do not know what your situation is, how hard or complicated it is. But process is not our enemy, it might be our ally and maybe you can then see your current job, your family situation, a business deal, the place you live, your pain, from a different perspective and not be bitter, but grateful.
And always remember that God loves you and we should see our situation through God’s eyes, and not God through our situation. Because it could just be the one thing that will change your life; process.
“BREATHE expectantly, LIVE confidently and MOVE Boldly”
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