This is something I shared in my Heart Talks group and I thought some of you that aren't in the group might need this too…
I want to share about "process". I'm watching my daughter go through this season so it's fresh on my mind and huge in my heart. There might be a few of you who have no idea about it or some of you might be like me and just need a reminder… because you’re there too.
As I've talked to my daughter over the past nine months, I've watched her begin a new process. She graduated from “Hair School”, and didn't even come home on the day she graduated, but drove straight to RSM (Ramp School of Ministry). This was a huge leap for her, because doing hair is what she loves...but being in God’s presence is what she longs for. She told me she just wanted to have a year, set aside to God, to just soak Him in. Well, that year has now turned into two. She knows He's not through with her yet.
When she arrived at RSM, it was like she was immediately thrust from a mountaintop, to a valley or a "wilderness" season. I wasn't surprised at all really because "process" has to happen.
Process is that thing that God does "internally" in us that changes our inner heart to be more like Him. It's painful but at the same time liberating. Process is something we all HAVE to go through to become who God has called us to be. God will allow "hand-picked perfect scenarios of process" for each one of us. Ones that will create change in us so that we can become the person He desires us to be for our individual purpose.
Whew! That's a lot of words. You might need to read that one again, I did!
Purpose drives us to a process just like a caterpillar...a caterpillar just can't help herself. She's going to find that leaf and wrap herself in it. In that dark place, she will lose her caterpillar shape. She will "completely" liquefy in that dark place with no eyes looking on but her own. I'm sure it's pretty painful. I mean, even a caterpillar has a certain amount of charm right? But that shape MUST be changed so she can fly freely and grow wings... and don't forget about her beautiful new shape and color!! OH, so worth the pain!
An eagle goes through a “molting process”... (I don't even like that word! Yikes! It just sounds painful!) The “process” can cause depression. It loses all its feathers, and its ability to fly. It even loses its ability to see very well. (Sounds kind of dangerous too... think of all the predators.) It’s beak and claws begin to alter. Calcium builds up so bad on the beak that it can't even hold it’s head upright. The eagle will also beat it’s beak against a rock until it comes off. Now this is traumatic! But this is also the “process”...
Then the eagle finds a place on a rock to lay where the sun can shine directly on him. The eagle will lay on this rock and just bathe in the sun. It's said that other eagles will bring food and drop to the eagle on the rock to sustain it during this season. But it's still a process... a season of renewal. Then the new beak and new talons grow back. They say this is about a five-month process, and then an eagle can live for another 30 years.
Well, I don't know about you, but I'm not crazy about “process”. But I DO know that nothing comes into our lives apart from purpose. And every one of us is created with a unique purpose.
So if we allow the “process”, it will bring us to a beautiful place prepared with all the tools needed for our purpose.
Susan lives in Mississippi and is the mother of two daughters, 19 and 24. She has a heart for worship and for ministering to women. We all see our children go through difficult times and Susan helps us understand the good that can come from it.
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