...when you have to choose between the pain of the same or the pain of change
What do you do when you want to quit the process?
Pain, Process, and Patience are all things successful companies remove for consumers. These are often God's favorite ingredients to use in helping you fulfill your destiny.
I actually cannot believe there was a time when I had to load a VHS tape and wait for a designated time to view and record my favorite childhood shows (Saturday morning X-Men, just saying). In a short time, I've already become so accustomed to watching what I want, when I want...I cannot imagine God doing it any other way than Netflix...but He does.
You primarily have two types of tests through the process He is taking you through.
Timed Tests: Stop freaking out. Stop even trying to "change it". Learn from this timed test. Grow in your patience and endurance. Refuse to blame God. No amount of striving is going to change it.
Aptitude Tests: You are in the same place this long because you are "stuck on stupid" (I got that phrase from Dr. Phil). Learn your lessons already, and pass the tests to go to the next season. You aren't in detention ---you are in the classroom, so stop flunking and repeating.
"God prepares leaders in a slow-cooker, not a microwave oven." John Maxwell
If you feel discouraged going through the process right now, let me remind you that you are not alone.
- Job waited perhaps a lifetime for God's recompense.
- Noah waited 120 years before the predicted rains came.
- Abraham waited 25 years for the promised son.
- Joseph waited 14 years in jail for something he didn't do.
- Jesus waited 30 years before launching a 3 year ministry that changed the universe.
If you've ever gone through a customer service experience (like I did when this blog post randomly deleted before I clicked "submit") it can be infuriating when the person on the other line says, "thanks for your patience!" I think that God is thanking you for your patience right now. Trust that He gives things on the other side of a maturation process and a when He blesses - it adds NO SORROW. Receiving things when you thought you were ready would add more sorrow than riches. Therefore, I'm thankful for the process...and I'm believing that redoing this entire blog over served some sort of divine purpose too ---even if it's just having the "opportunity" to reword something differently.
How are you dealing with the process? Comment Below!