I have a confession, I am the worst traveler. From the moment my feet hit the pavement outside an airport until they arrive safely on the pavement at my final destination I become a giant jumble of luggage, snacks, and documents they tell me very specifically not to loose. The ridiculous part of it is, I’ve flown a lot. I should be good at this by now. When I sit down and book my flight to go somewhere, I agree to go on the journey that will come with reaching my destination. This seems to me to be the perfect metaphor for process. When we use the word process, to describe what we are going through to a friend or mentor what do we mean? How do we go through process and fully embrace what God is doing, while maintaining healthy connection with community?
I wish I could sit down with you over coffee and tell you, process will be easy. It will require very little from you and you will love everyday of it. Maybe that has been your experience...but it is yet to be mine. Process in Christians circles seems to be a code for, it feels like my whole life is falling apart, but God is good. Process is hard and intense, and the ridiculous part of it is, we should be good at it by now. Often we just need to be reminded of why we set out on this journey in the first place. Somehow when we began, we believed the destination will be worth it. The Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians, “ and I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion(1v6).” God is FAITHFUL, He will not abandon you in the middle of the journey. Process is simply the in- between spaces of our life where God continues to bring the good work he started in us to completion.
When I travel, I know without a doubt that the destination will be worth it. I would not venture to even pack a single suitcase if I was not 100% convinced of that fact. What God will do with a simple yes to go on a journey with him will absolutely blow your mind. As you commit to go deeper with the Lord, to walk with integrity, to pursue His heart for business or to finally go after that dream in your heart. I guarantee the moment you agree to run full force after the call of God on your life, process will find you. Your feet will hit the pavement, and as you walk through the airport doors to begin your journey, and boom -process will hit you full force. Maybe you will find out the suitcase you packed so carefully and intentionally is actually too heavy and you will have to leave somethings behind. God knows what will be necessary for the journey, trust Him. In order to successfully reach your destination, trust that letting go of somethings is 100% ok.
I love arriving at my final destination. Even though I would probably benefit from a good night’s sleep and change of clothes, I am incredibly grateful. For the most part, flying is predictable. Process usually is not. I can not think of one person in the Bible who did not go through process on their journey to follow God. The biggest lie we believe about process is that we are in it alone. If you look around at an airport, there are hundreds of people embarking on a journey at the same time as you. In Psalm 23 we see God’s heart for process, an itinerary of what will happen on the journey. The Psalmist David writes about how God interacts with him very intimately in his process. We see that David is never alone and that God is with him every step of the way. David goes on to describe the specific provision available to him in every portion of his journey. Some times when it feels like everything around us it still, God takes us through a process of restoring our souls. Or when we feel surrounded by enemies, He is setting us a table right in the middle of it. Maybe this process is an anointing process, where God is teaching us how to live a life from abundance. In every portion of our lives, God’s closeness and realness can be felt. God wants to give strength and perspective that can sometimes only come through a process.
So I challenge you. Embrace process, the scary, the messy, and the beautiful parts of it. God will be with you every step of the way. There are somethings we can only discover about ourselves and God during times of process. Remember that when you finally get to your destination, a journey home is just a few weeks away. No matter what, I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion (Philippians 1v6).