In between the commencement and destination of every journey is a period called PROCESS. The process is the actual journey because it carries us from where we are to where we seek to be. The process has its own issues. For instance, in a very long journey, one will likely have the following experiences; get hungry, drink water, sleep, get tired, be excited or encouraged by someone/something, be bored or silent at a point in time, stretch for a while etc. All these directly or indirectly contribute to the total package of the journey.
However, it is sad to note that oftentimes people seek the destination, not the journey. But you can’t divorce the two. I must say that they are Love Birds, they always walk together. If you don’t seem to like the process then be sure that your possibility of arrival is very low.
The story of King David is a clear illustration of our topic for today. He was anointed to be the next king of Israel at an early age [historians reveals he was either 10 or 15 years]. Yet, he had to wait until the age of 30 before he emerged as the King. During those times, God took David through the process of being matured for his appointed destination (blessing). When David’s time for the kingship was due, the tribes of Israel collectively mentioned the fact that they knew David as the ruler over Israel, even when King Saul was alive. But they all had to wait for the right time to enstool him as the king. [i]
The art of waiting which is synonymous with being patient has its own misconceptions. One of them as mentioned by Dr. Gregory L. Jantz in his article, “Patience: A wise Response to Life” is that Patience is not static: it’s not sitting there doing nothing. Patience is a little like sleep. Is the act of preparing for the new day to come. He further said that Patience is based on the long view: When you are assured of the eventual, you can patiently endure the immediate[ii]. The reality is that most people may know that an individual deserves a particular position, office, status, love, offer etc but that doesn’t mean that one should rush into it.
It pays to wait. Anointed for a task or seeing the future ahead of time doesn’t mean that everything should be fast-forwarded to you now. There is a process and a preparation that one needs to grow through. The process helps to develop oneself, broaden our perspective and to assist connect well with the people we seek to lead or influence. The process helps to eliminate obstacles that would have impeded one’s growth. Although the process is not easy, it’s worth it.
Judith Orloff, the author of The Empath’s Survival Guide, defines patience as an active state, a choice to hold tight until intuition says, “make your move”. Thus, waiting for your turn, knowing that your turn will come[iii]. Doing things behind the scenes for a while and yet not recognized or seeing the anticipated fruits of your labor can be very discouraging but when your time is due, those experiences sum up to promote you to a better stage. Just reflect on your life, if you hadn’t gone through the various process, would you have been that equipped for your present status? Note that every experience we get from our previous event or stage of life serves as a precedent for the next event.
It pays to wait. David waited and went through the process and eventually fulfilled his prophecy. Waiting doesn’t mean we must be idle, doing nothing, but it implies we should get ourselves engaged in any activity that will prepare us for the anticipated future. In God’s own time, He will surely make everything beautiful. The joy of waiting is to be prepared, be on time and enjoy the full package of an anticipated blessing.
God loves you and always want the best for you.
[i] 2 Samuel 5:1-4