Praising In The Process
My husband and I are planning to go on a trip in February. For months we have been looking at the end result, the date when the trip starts; yet we can’t get to that place without a process. For this trip the process includes booking flights, planning a hotel stay, lining up a babysitter, and planning events for each day. Now the first time we planned a trip like this, I have to admit, I was living for the end result. I may have went thru the process but didn’t enjoy or see the purpose in it. This time, however, I see the point in the process. I see a glory in the process. Looking forward to and enjoying planning something together has been great. Not just going through it to get it done, but to be spending time together, enjoying and learning more about each other through the process. I’m learning to praise in the process.
Kind of like smelling the roses as we walk up the mountainside path. Yes, the sunset view at the top is the end result. . . yet there are things to enjoy and things to learn along the way.
I’ve been thinking recently about how much our walk with God needs to be the same way… Yes we might have things in mind that we view as the end or the point of our existence here… Yet what about the process. . .What process do we go through to get to the end?
God has been teaching me that praising Him during the process is just as important as praising Him for the view at the end.
I’m good at praising God for the big things… The miracles of healing, the marriages saved, the prodigal returning to Christ… Often, I even remember to praise God for the little things… the Sunday school lesson that went well, getting to church on time, and the whole house being clean at the same time… you know, those little things. ((Ok, let’s be honest having the whole house clean might be a BIG thing for us busy moms! lol 😉 ))
I have to ask myself, what am I praising Him for? The end. My answer would have to be the end result.
Do I praise Him during the process? Do I praise Him for the things I enjoy, and for the learning I’m doing on on the way?
I have to admit. I tend to be a “look at the future and get to the goal as quick as possible” type of gal. I get to the goal, and I praise Him. Yet with each “end”, there is a process I go flying through.
God is interested in that process; maybe even more than the outcome. It’s a path of enjoyment and a path of learning. And I’ve been rushing right through it!
God’s been laying on my heart that the little flowers He puts along mountain path, the little lessons He puts along the way, are as important as the view at the top.
When things get tough and all we want is the end result – the healing, the fixed situation, the clean house… We need to remember He is taking us through a process of growing closer to Him.
Success isn’t the end result, success is learning to lean on God more fully. And that, my friends, is reason to Praise God!
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Romans 5:3-5
Let’s glory our God in the process we are walking through right now – because it’s through this that we are growing to be more like Jesus.