Process: The Inevitable Prerequisite For Growth

At this point you might have been wondering when I was going to write again…

I was wondering the same thing.

Well, I’ve also been wandering in this beautiful maze of life…

A wanderer in this beautiful maze of life.

And despite my not so long number of years spent on this earth, I’ve seen quite a lot.

I’ve seen princes on foot and servants on horses…

Dogs living in mansions and men living in dog houses…

But that’s not what I’m here to talk about.

I’ve also seen great men and women come and go, and there is one factor that is very common with each and every one of them…

“It’s not where you start. It’s where you finish.”

They had to go through a phase that took them to the heights they attained.

A phase that built them and made them the great men and women of their times…

Okay, okay, I know you’ve heard of the word before, but you might want to read till the end…

We live in a world where everything is fast-paced, and in the blink of an eye, you could most certainly miss out on a whole lot.

And there are fast-foods, fast-cars, fast-paced courses… in fact, everything is fast!

But, there’s one thing that cannot be rushed…

A phase called the PROCESS.

What Does a Process entail?

  • Process is a natural phenomenon marked by gradual changes that lead toward a particular result.
  • A series of actions or operations conducing to an end.
  • It is also a path of succession of states through which a system passes.

Simply put…

A process is a starting point, the end result and everything in between.

The Journey To The Destination.

“When you’re in the journey, all you can think about is the destination, but when you’ve reached the destination, all that mattered was the journey.”

Setting goals and creating systems are majorly what comes to mind when the word process is mentioned.

Each and everyone of us is on a journey.

And while some might be on the same path, the experiences we encounter always differ, that is, the same destination, but different processes/routes/outcomes.

Therefore, it may seem like some are far ahead in life, and some others are just way behind.

Know for a fact that, it is not possible for a person to set out on a journey and just magically appear at the destination…

(Except you make use of a teleportation device, which has not been invented… yet)

The person must have the route planned, get a means of transportation and endure the journey to the destination.

There are no shortcuts in life! A presumed shortcut will almost always lead to an even longer road.

“Taking a shortcut isn’t always profitable, doing the right thing may take longer but just trust the process, your reward is sure.” — Hopal Green.

Uncertainty and fear are two things that come with the process…

Because, one minute you are one thousand and one percent sure you’ve got it all under control, and the next moment, it’s all out of your grasp.”

“Guess I’ve been worried that everything I want could be slipping away, like if I don’t grab it right now it’ll all be gone. But it all feels so real right now. No way I’m not gonna make it. Nothing’s stopping me.”

The dread of not knowing what the road will look like can also be crippling…

  • Are there robbers on the way?
  • What if fuel finishes in my car and I don’t have enough to buy more?
  • What if there is an accident and I don’t eventually get to where I want to go?
  • What if there is a diversion and it takes me longer to get there?
  • What if I take the faster route?

A lot of what if’s

And that’s where trust comes in.

If you read through the story of Abraham in Genesis 12, you would discover that…

1. God called him to leave his father’s house to a place that He will show him.

2. He wasn’t handed a map or a GPS or even a blueprint of what the location looked like.

3. Abraham packed his things and went despite having no clue where he was going.

Talk about TRUST!

What Is Trust?

It is a firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something.

Trust is climbing to the top of a mountain with no parachute and the only way to get back down is to jump because your bestfriend has set up a soft landing spot for you at the bottom…

It can also be defined as a blind man allowing himself to be led by a dog.

And truth be told, we are all blind.

Blind to what tomorrow holds.

Fine, you are the one seated at the steering wheel…

But it’s hard to see beyond what is directly in front of you.

“It’s so easy to say that I can’t handle the pressure.’

‘So how do you do it?’

‘I pray, and I try to see past what’s directly in front of me. Seeing what no one else sees.”

Truth is, God is the one who orders our steps. And He loves to work in illogical ways that confound the human understanding.

And so sometimes, He gives you a clear cut picture of where you are going and doesn’t tell you how to walk in it, and othertimes, he tells you how to walk but doesn’t show you the way.

Why? Because He wants you to trust Him with every step you take. He wants you to trust the process.

“What we are waiting for is not as important as what happens to us while we are waiting. Trust the process.” — Mandy Hale.

What Then Does It Mean To Trust The Process?

To know and have faith that there is a divine plan moving through you and your life in any moment.

It means to encourage patience in the face of processes that take time to deliver results and benefits.

While sometimes it can feel like every possible obstacle that can happen does happen, that’s when we need to dig our heels in, trust ourselves and trust God in the process to carry us through.

There are times that it may seem that God is quiet, and you might be anxious to hear Him speak…

What if He is actually speaking, but you are not in a listening state?

God speaks through different channels, but it is left to you to identify where His voice is coming from.

Here Are Some Factors Consider During Your Process:

1. Build your faith.

2. Practice listening.

3. Stay consistent in fellowship.

4. Focus on the factors that you can control.

5. Embrace failure and apply what you’ve learnt.

6. Enjoy the process.

“Every single thing that bothers you now will slowly fade away, and you’re going to silently drop a tear or burst a smile thinking about it in the future.”

Yours in the process,

John.

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