Rachel Jenae

Embrace the Process

Everything in life has a process, so why do you think you can skip yours?

I realized recently that this is me. I try to skip process. I see something in my life that needs changed and I fully expect the next step to be completion. And when it doesn’t happen quickly I pick up fear in place of process. I fear I’ll never get to the finish. I doubt there is a next step and if I can take it. I over analyze the timing. It’s no wonder I despise process if this is what I’ve made it to be. But what if process looks different from God’s perspective.

Not long ago, after dealing with a discouraging situation I kept encountering, I frustratingly asked God why this wouldn’t go away. His reply, “You are trying to avoid and skip the process I intentionally set before you to overcome this situation. And there are things you need in this process for what’s ahead. I made everything with process in mind, why do you think you can skip it?” It was true. I wanted growth instantly. I want relationships and restoration fixed quickly. I want healing immediately. What I didn’t realize is I was avoiding God’s design and trying to implement my own. God made everything in process. He took seven days to create the world when I’m sure he could have done it in one. He made seeds that grow into trees. He created caterpillars to endure cocoons before their rebirth as butterflies. Process is a part of His plan.

He was teaching me again. Teaching me to embrace His ways. To let go of my own. Not to grow weary in the process, but to look for Him in it. He was strengthening muscles of endurance. Reminding me he’s always good.

“Don’t despise small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…” Zach 4:10

“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.” Romans‬ ‭5:3-4

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”
‭‭James‬ ‭1:2-4‬