Last week I confessed that I’m impatient, although I don’t think anyone was overly surprised by my admission. I hate waiting and whenever someone tells me that I have to go through a “process,” I want give them a hi-five, in the face, with a chair. Fortunately my self-control muscle is getting stronger, so I usually just visualise the face and chair part. Usually.
But this week I had a thought (it happens from time to time). And as I thought, I was challenged. And since I felt challenged, I decided to share my thought with you so you could feel challenged too. I know, I’m thoughtful like that. You’re welcome.
Here’s my thought:
I wonder how many times I have skipped the process and, as a result, forfeited my promotion?
I’ve submitted my opinion that this whole “process” thing is overrated into God’s suggestion box. Surprisingly, He didn’t agree. At first, I was shocked. But then I went through a process of thinking, and realised why God loves process. It’s because He won’t give me the promotion until He knows I can handle it. To become a person who can sustain the promotion, I must first be refined.
And guess how He refines me (and you)? Through the process. You are so clever.
If I am not willing to go through the process, I am not worthy to receive the promotion.
God knows the kind of person we need to become in order to sustain the promotion He has planned. He knows because He created us, and the Creator knows His creation. The only way to become that person is to go through the refinement process.
Imagine if your child (if you don’t have a child, just go with me on this one!) told you they were “totally over” primary school. Imagine if they told you that starting next week they were going to start university so they could be done with this whole education thing sooner. After you stifle a laugh, pick up your phone and ask them to repeat it so you can film it and put it on YouTube, you would sit them down and explain the education process (unless your kid is Marshall, the five-year-old child prodigy who’s been on Ellen. If so, seriously, congrats).
It’s a cute analogy, but so often, we are that child (unfortunately not Marshall, we're the adorable but slightly slow one). The truth is we can’t skip the education process and get away with it, nor can we skip God’s process and get away with it. Just ask the 28-year-old who’s still in fourth grade. Or the Israellites. A forty-year journey, which should have only taken eleven days? I mean seriously, someone just ask for directions!
Don’t skip the process to get the promotion.
In my opinion, God’s favorite process comes in the form of waiting.
Joseph waited 13 years before he got his promotion.
Jesus didn’t do any miracles for 30 years.
Abraham and Sarah waited 25 years for the promise of their son.
David was anointed to be king as a shepherd boy. When did he get his promotion? Over 20 years later. That's a whole lot of sheep and process.
Everyone has a process they have to go through. If there is someone around you who has seemingly received their promotion without going through their process, it's ok. Either their process wasn’t for you to see, or it’s still to come. Either way, stop staring at them. It’s creepy and you have your own race to run, your own process to go through. Being jealous of their promotion won’t make yours come any quicker. Don't lose heart in the process. Your time is coming.
And as for me?
I’m cool with the process. Because He is faithful, if I am too, there will be a promotion.