Process Over Promise
Hey there friends!
Happy fall, even though it still doesn’t feel like fall in the H. Cheers to those of you enjoying your scarves, boots, and everything pumpkin!
Last week I had lunch with a dear friend where we sat and played catch up over the last several months. Life has been a whirlwind for each of us - she recently got married, and as you well know I’ve been traveling all over the place. It was wonderful to recount all that God’s done and revealed throughout these seasons. Towards the end of our conversation, she asked me, “so what’s next?"
Talk about a loaded question! I’m not going to lie, I took a slight pause before I answered.
For me, it’s to focus on the process, in light of the promise. To stay tuned into what God is shaping and forming in me in relation to what he’s shaping and forming me for.
Let me be clear, God made some BIG and BOLD promises to me at the beginning of 2018. Things that are exceeding abundantly, more than I could ask, think, or imagine. Things that only He can do, that He will get the glory and credit for. And, I am excited!!
So often we hear the promises of God and our hearts leap in excitement at the thought of favor, purpose, victory, and answered prayers. It’s easy to focus on the promise, to keep our eyes on the prize, believing that we will see the goodness of God in the things He fulfills. And we will! But friends, the goodness of God is to be found in the process, just as much as it’s found in the promise. In the middle ground that seems to stretch endlessly between promise and fulfillment there is a sacred, holy oasis of development that takes place in our hearts and lives. It is here that patience is proven, integrity is tested, and character is refined. It is here that God shapes us for the destinies he designed for us.
Now I’m not saying to disregard the promise and focus exclusively on process, experience, and development. But rather, the promises of God should be the light reflected on our process and illuminate all that God is doing within us as He fulfills what He has declared to us and for us.
Now it’s nearly the 4th Quarter of 2018, and some of the things God has promised me this year have yet to come to pass, but my Jesus is more clutch than MJ, Kobe, and Lebron combined x10000! While I know He will fulfill everything that He’s started, for once, I’m more than happy to focus on my process.