Destiny (and the process)

I am a believer in destiny.

I believe nothing is random or purposeless. I serve a God who promises that He wastes nothing in our lives, not even the catching of a flu. (As I write this, I am sitting in bed surrounded by used tissues.)

But sometimes I forget that destiny isn’t just about the future, it’s also about the now.

I know God has purposes and plans for my future here in Korea. But when dreams and ideas about the future become a source of stress, I have lost sight of the point.

Over the past six months, God has given me the same word through three different people:

You are in a good place.

canstockphoto4551283One person said I was walking up a flight of stairs. I expected him to say, “You are still near the bottom, be patient!” But he said the point wasn’t how far up the stairs I was, the point was I was on the right staircase.

Another guy told me, “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the process. It’s about being faithful with the small things that are entrusted to you right now.”

For some reason, I often feel in a rush to reach my destination. I feel pressured to produce results. But God isn’t in a hurry. Jesus didn’t start his public ministry until he was 30 years old. Isaac, the son God promised to Abraham, wasn’t born until Abraham was over 100 years old. David was anointed king about 15 years before he actually stepped into the role.

I forget sometimes that everyone goes through a process.

Me being here in Korea right now––that in and of itself is the fulfillment of destiny. Sometimes as I walk down the street by myself or ride the subway across the Han river, I say to myself, “I am living in Korea right now. How crazy is that?” And a grin spreads across my face.

When I stop staring so intently into the murkiness of the future, I realize that right now, I am in an important part of the process. And there is beauty right here where I am.

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Elizabeth is an American living in South Korea who believes in destiny, miracles, and living life intentionally. She holds to simple faith in a complex world, values the beauty of the everyday, and strives for vulnerability with other imperfect humans. She is always learning, laughing, and finding herself in awe of grace.

3 thoughts on “Destiny (and the process)

  1. That’s great E! You are learning and growing so much. I’m very proud of you. Peace, and get well soon.

    Love,
    Aunt S.

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