Last week, I wrote about both being present and knowing when to move forward. Along with some real life stuff happening in my world right now, this has brought me to another mindset to just trust the process. Trusting the process sometimes involves moments of being still, letting the dust settle, taking a deep breath, and clearing our minds before we make our next move. And of course when the time is right, we then move forward. Though, sometimes the process doesn’t always look how we want it to look.
A few months ago my husband and I were on our way back to Charlotte from Georgia. Somehow I put in the wrong directions and we went about 30 minutes out of the way. As we re-routed, we ended up on this long, gravel road, only marked with a number. It went through the country next to a fenced, green pasture of cows.
I love my iPhone, but my GPS is not always correct. A car pulled up driving behind us and we thought maybe that we were on someone’s private property. It made me a little nervous but we kept going anyways. After about a mile or so on this gravel road we came to the end. We hit a perpendicular paved road next to a church which then led us to a stoplight and then a major road.
My husband and I were actually on the right path all along on the gravel road although it certainly didn’t feel like it. We had turned the music way down, because for some reason when people are uncertain about where they’re driving, they turn the music down. We had to drive slow through the gravel, we felt like we were in the middle of nowhere, and for a while, there was no end in sight. Until there was. And what a relieving, victorious feeling it was.
I would have loved taking the quick and easy route. I would love to take the quick and easy route in every situation. But one of my favorite verses says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV)
I can think of so many things I have prayed about and God never gave me exactly what I wanted. I think we often believe that we come up with the best solutions to our issues and pray asking God to make those things happen. But God’s bigger picture has a better solution or a better route to getting us where we need to be.
A pastor I was listening to recently was talking about how it isn’t about the “how, when, where, etc” but it’s about “Who,” meaning God. I have this real life stuff going on that involves lots of decisions. Each decision impacts the next and they all impact our lives. And my husband and I keep going through the numbers and the details. I had started feeling so foggy and brain dead from trying to figure out if and how this is all going to work out. But then I saw this pastor’s clip on social media that refocused my mind to “Who” instead of all the details and the “how, when, and where.”
It’s similar to when I wrote this about when God freed the Israelites from Pharaoh. Their journey wasn’t easy. They didn’t take a straight and easy path in the wilderness on the way to the sea. And then when they got to the Red Sea, they didn’t see any way around it. But Moses trusted God and he trusted the process and God made a way. Both through the wilderness and then right through the middle of the sea.
Yes we have to work through some of the details in life, but we can’t get lost in them. Because we know the Who and we can reflect on the fact that He has carried us through numerous battles, both big and small.
We can and must trust Him, Who He is, what His Word says, and what He has already done. We must trust His thoughts and His ways. And we must trust the process.
I pray that whatever you’re facing in your life today, whether defeats, doubts, or decisions you’re making, that you completely hand it over to God and trust His ways and His process.