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I had packed two days worth of snacks, games, coloring books and everything else I could think of that would occupy our two young daughters before we headed out on the open road towards our vacation destination. Every night for a week, I prepped them on the details of our trip; how far away it was, how long we would be in the car, and the things we might see along the way.
When the morning finally arrived, I roused two sleepy-heads from their beds and buckled them in to the already-loaded car. My BH and I prayed for traveling mercies, then slowly pulled out of our driveway.
We were a mere two blocks from our house when I heard a little voice from the back seat. “Mama, are we there yet?” My BH and I laughed so hard he had to pull the car over because the tears were blurring his vision.
Sometimes, life can feel just like that trip felt to our girls. We prepare, work hard for what feels like a really long time, and when we don’t come to an expected place, we want to ask God, “Are we there yet?”
Just the other day, I missed an opportunity to trust God. What did that look like in real life? It looked like I ran ahead, turned back, waved my hand and said, “C’mon God, this looks like the perfect short-cut to where we’re headed.”
Because sometimes I get tired of the road I’m on. And even though I know He’s with me, and that He has specifically promised that He will get me where He wants me, I get bored, or frustrated. Occasionally, I glance across the way at someone else’s road and like the looks of theirs better, especially considering the instances when my own feels like a cow path, littered with rocks and other various obstructions. From my vantage point, the other person’s road looks smoother, newly paved, like a super-highway to the same. exact. destination.
Almost immediately, I realized what I had done and repented. But I was frustrated with myself for not having trusted. Why hadn’t I just stopped and asked God for direction? Wasn’t I further along in my faith walk? My actions reminded me of the apostle Paul’s lament in the book of Romans:
“I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.” Rom.7:15 NLT
As I walked among the sunflowers in my yard, as He so often does, the Lord spoke to my spirit through His marvelous nature.
See these sunflowers? Notice how their growth is a process.
No one process is more important than the other, but every step is necessary for a healthy flower.
Each flower starts out as a seed in the soil, where it is split open, forming the stem and leaves.
As it grows stronger, a bud forms.
Even as the bud begins to open, each green ray unfolds, revealing a single yellow petal at a time.
This process cannot be rushed. It doesn’t need to be rushed. In due time, it will become exactly what it was created to be.
Continue to trust. At every opportunity, trust. I will get you where I want you to be; where you will bring the most glory to My name and fulfill the purposes I have designed just for you.
A prayer for those of you who might also be wondering, “are we there yet?”
Lord, forgive us for the times we run ahead of You, instead of trusting in Your perfect timing for our lives. You tell us that there is a season for everything, and a time to every purpose under heaven. Help us to remember that every process we go through, every season, is designed by You for our benefit. Remind us with your gentle ways and tender mercies, that we don’t need to move any faster than You lead.
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