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THE BEAUTY OF A PROCESS IN A JOURNEY

We are in a journey to achieving a set goal either socially, spiritually, economically or academically (the list may continue). We work hard day and night researching, working and praying so that our goal becomes a reality one day and for most of us, very soon. It’s like we have already figured it all out.

However, we most times forget a very important thing, process. Let’s use the example of salvation. When we got saved, it was a start of a journey in Christ. A journey to perfection, to be like Christ. This journey is neither smooth nor simple. There are trials, temptations, afflictions and persecutions. Why do these things come? They are to mature us from being babes to mature sons in Christ. They all come in the journey to the ultimate goal of salvation. We have to be tested to remove anything that is imperfect. If everything was without a process, we would never grow up. Let’s use this very obvious example, after being brought into the world, we had to go through Primary school then high school, college, an internship and until you can be given a job and you have to deliver. That in itself is a process. Imagine without the process and you are given the books of accounts to balance in a bank, you would not. Many of us hate and try to avoid processes so that we can achieve our goal overnight.

I appreciate processes because they have helped me grow up, have greater responsibilities and also enabled me make right decisions. The best example of a process I’d refer to is in the story of Joseph the son of Jacob (Gen 30- 50)

Joseph was sold by his brothers to Egypt and God took him through tough stages to mature him up until he became second in command in a foreign land. If he had not gone through the processes, and his brothers appear before him as they did when they went to look for food in Egypt, due to bitterness, he would have done them harm. However, God had worked on his heart and removed everything that was not of Him and taught him such that when he saw his brothers, he was delighted instead. That is the benefit of a process.

Let us not be a MICROWAVE GENERATION that wants things created and used in a day. We have to wait and walk step by step until we are there. As long as we have a goal and we are in course, we cannot avoid processes that toughen and are a measuring tool as to whether we are ready for the next level, just as exams are used in school. The stages in the process are not pleasant but God strengthens us so that we can overcome and become victorious.

Let us get ready for it, it may be bitter but it’s fruits are so sweet.

(Gal 4:1-2) Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father.

Let’s embrace the principle of being made by God to what He desires of us. We should not forget that God is the potter and we are the clay. He molds us to His ideal perfect vessel. Let’s allow God to make us, to take us through the process. In every aspect of our lives education, ministry, talent or career. Nothing will come in a silver plate. We have to be formed for it first before we receive it. Shalom

Will you allow the formation process to your destiny?

WRITTEN BY:JMusic

PERSPECTIVE POWER: THROUGH GOD’S EYES

It was a stroll. An ‘eye’ stroll. A glimpse outside the window, four floors down! An empty field is what I saw…a man leaning on a bending tree too. Fast glance to my left, trees were swaying lazily, the rotation of windmills on the horizon stole my attention, and then I spotted a ‘Squishy’ lorry.  All in a matter of seconds!

I remember that dull afternoon and something in my mind unlocked. You know, in life what you choose to see matters. We had this analogy about the glass being half-full and half-empty and it all trickles down to the life’s ordeals and what we choose to learn from them. This reminds me of a few months back when I was in town and I passed by these two lovely ladies who were very excited to see each other. I could feel their excitement because of the way they embraced cordially and joy was engraved all over their faces. “Happy new year…” they both told one another!

As I walked past the ladies, I was already wondering how they would still be wishing one another a happy new year in April (already four months down the line). How? It seemed odd to me to still see a new year when it was already four months down. It became real to me that actually that’s the same way we view our life’s status quo time and again.

Have you ever recovered from an illness but all you remember is the pain and the turmoil you went through? It may not be an illness but may be God saved you from a serious accident but all you recall are the bruises and the injuries you had! It’s similar to when soldiers go to battle and only few of them survive. Would it be great for them to keep dwelling in the past? Would it be great to keep hearing their sad ordeals and how some of them broke their arms and legs during the war? With God it doesn’t work like that. Sometimes God sends us to the battle field so that later on we can be remnants to tell of the salvation story. Perspective!

They say in the ant’s house the dew is a flood. They also say that what the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. What do you see? Our illusion detemines our vision.This reality has really compelled my heart to write about what we see. It is just to remind us to see through God’s eyes and not our own.  What do you see and what does God really want you to see? It’s crystal clear to me that our perspective in life is determined by the level of our faith. Why are you strong today even after such a hurting moment in the past? Why are you still standing even after the hard falls?

I’m not an exception either. As I write this I’m challenging myself to see through the eyes of the Most High too. Where He sees victory for me I’ll choose to see it too. Where God sees tranquility I won’t allow the fierce storm to steal my peace. I’ll choose to see a new beginning even after it all seems to be coming to an end. In the middle of the roughest week I’ll choose to see a fresh new morning… even when all is dark and quiet. It’s also during those times when the rain hits hard, that I’ll rejoice because my worries will be washed away:)

“Small things become big and big things become small when life is put into the right perspective”

"Life is all about how God sees it. Don’t be afraid of new beginnings. 
Don’t fear when defeat steals your joy. Look up and leave it to the Most High. 
Learn His perspective language!"

Reflections:

  • Numbers 13: 30-33,“Caleb told the people to be quiet and listen to Moses. Caleb said, “Let’s go now and take possession of the land. We should be more than able to conquer it.” But the men who had gone with him said, “We can’t attack those people! They’re too strong for us!” So they began to spread lies among the Israelites about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored is one that devours those who live there. All the people we saw there are very tall.  We saw Nephilim there. (The descendants of Anak are Nephilim.) We felt as small as grasshoppers, and that’s how we must have looked to them.”
  • Acts 3:6, “Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”
  • 1 Samuel 17: 38-40, “Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off.  Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.”

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WRITTEN BY: Imani