Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Preparation for the Purpose...God's Timing
It's so amazing how GOD will give us a clear vision, but then the journey or way to the vision seems so cloudy.
I'm learning that this is where God wants us to trust Him.
He knows that sometimes, as flawed humans, we have to be able to "see" something before we will trust Him so He gives us the vision.
The vision is something for us to hold on to as we walk the journey.
The vision is so we will have an end in mind so that we'll keep going.
But, He wants us to trust Him with the path that we are to take to make that vision a reality.
He already knows what mistakes we're going to make, and the "detours" and "distractions" we will create for ourselves along the way.
But, we still have a vision.
And with God's hand upon us, we won't forego the overall vision just because we veered off the path for a moment.
Through a consistent relationship and communication with God, we will maintain our life line to Him.
As I continued on this hair journey, I realized that I was being prepared for my purpose. I now realize that this hair journey is about me becoming a new creature.
There is definitely a spiritual transformation taking place, but it started with something that I never thought I'd do.
The preparation process is so important.
The purpose often lies within the process.
For example, if you want a juicy steak on the grilled that's seasoned to perfection, you know that you can't just pull the steak from the freezer and throw it on the grill.
You would follow a specific process:
defrost, tenderize, marinate and then grill.
As humans, we don't want to go through the process of being seasoned because often times, it means that we will be beat down, discouraged, get weary and want to give up. We often think about how difficult things are for us and we lose sight of the vision (the promise). The cares of life bog us down to the point where we can't focus on what God has for us.
But, the lessons we will need in order to sustain the vision are learned during the process.
In one of India Arie's songs, she says that "Life is a journey, not a destination."
We're so focused on the destination that we miss the lessons in the journey
I believe that when we focus on the process of preparation, the end result will be more in tune with how God wants it to be.