Embrace the Process

Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains.You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.  As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. (James 5:11)

I have done a lot of waiting in my short life. You see, I grew up with two sisters and life was tough being out numbered. I had to wait for the bathroom, wait on them to leave the house, and even wait for them when we were at the mall. God was definitely preparing me for my wife because I have had to continue to practice the discipline of waiting the six years we have been together. Waiting isn’t something we like to do very often. We live in a society where dinner can be ready in five minutes, you can instantly stream football games on your cell phone, and no one mails letters anymore unless it is a bill. We don’t like to wait.

Two years ago and even during the last few weeks, I have found myself in one of those waiting seasons. We all go through these seasons. For you it may be singleness, illness, a job search, or maybe you are in a financial waiting season. I am not sure where you are but my encouragement for you is to embrace the process. Show patience through the crazy times of waiting. I was reminded of patience and preparation while watching the 1984 film, Karate Kid. In the movie, Daniel becomes angry and frustrated with Mr. Miyagi thinking he was assigned meaningless tasks for weeks, but all the while he was learning the foundations of karate. I think we get like this sometimes, angry at God because of the waiting season we are in, and all along God is preparing us for something. Embrace the process.  Read James 5:7-11

James 5:7-11 talks about a farmer waiting to yield fruit and for the rains to come. We are challenged to be patient like the farmer because in due season the rains will come and the ground will bear fruit. Looking at verse 11 we are reminded of Job and his suffering, but God brought Job out of that season with an abundance of fruit. One of the toughest things for us to do in a waiting season is to look back at how God has proven Himself to us. I encourage you to remember how He has shown Himself faithful; it will be one of the most rewarding things in your faith journey with Christ. Embrace the process.

God taught me true patience in one of the simplest acts. Almost every day I am reminded to be still and wait. As you know I am a lot taller (larger) than Mary, and we share a vehicle. When I drive, I need to have the seat all the way back, and when Mary drives she needs to have the seat moved closer to the front. If I were to get in the car after she drove, I would not be able to fit behind the wheel. This next piece of the story is when God began to open my eyes to waiting. In my car is a small lever that, when pushed, can move the seat forward or backwards. As I push this lever to make the seat go back (which moves extremely slowly), I am reminded to be patient. I remember becoming angry having to wait for the slow-moving seat to get to the right position, but now I embrace the process and ask myself, “What is God preparing me for?”

I don’t know what season you are in right now, but I challenge you to embrace the process and allow God to mold you during this time of waiting.