Learning to Embrace the Process

I’ve always liked to have things defined.

Decided. Determined. Known.

I don’t like being in the middle of decisions and I don’t like being left in an undefined state. Am I your friend or not? Am I moving to that city or not? Are we going to see that movie or not? Let’s just decide!

(This is why ordering food can be somewhat painful sometimes. I can be so indecisive about what I want to eat, yet at the same time I hate being in that state of indecision. So I usually either: 1. stick with ordering the same thing every time 2. let someone else tell me what to order, or 3. end up ordering something I’m not fully satisfied with, because I rushed my decision.)

Lately, God has been teaching me to accept the process.

Some decision can’t be rushed. Some things just take time.

There is a process of maturation and growth of understanding that can’t be skipped but must be gone through, step by step. And during those steps along the way, you can’t always necessarily see where you are going.

canstockphoto0392739It can feel like a roller coaster: being taken up, plummeting down, going around, sideways, upside-down, and backwards. But though it may be scary at times, I need not fear, because I am strapped in. No real harm can come to me.

The process seems arbitrary at times, but God is assuring me that it’s not. It’s a journey He has designed. For my good.

 

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Elizabeth holds to simple faith in a complex world. She values the beauty of the everyday and strives for vulnerability with other imperfect humans. She is currently pursuing her MDiv at Fuller Theological Seminary, so when she isn't busy writing academic papers, she is usually out enjoying the LA sunshine. She is constantly learning, laughing, and finding herself in awe of grace.

2 thoughts on “Learning to Embrace the Process

  1. how interesting of a viewpoint–right now I’m trying to get better at decision-making by making the easy, everyday decisions quickly, sticking to them and being willing to take the consequences…I tend to always procrastinate decision making, and hopefully is making me less flaky of a person.

    1. I guess we’re kind of opposites in that way then, huh? :) That’s a good point, though – everyday decisions are different than big life decisions. I’m learning to take more time with the big ones.. :P

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