John Eldredge makes an interesting point in his latest book, The Way of the Wild Heart. He writes that God is a God of process. He points out that in order to create an oak tree God starts with an acorn, and in order to make a man God starts with a boy.

Obviously this statement does not apply to the initial Creation story, but I think that Eldredge makes a good point in terms of today.

We have become a drive-thru culture. We want everything as fast and as cheap as possible. We are unwilling to pay the price – whether in time or money. We want to get it now and on our terms.

But King David offers us an example of what it means to live according to God’s expectations. When given the chance to take an easy way out and save some money King David declares that he will not offer a sacrifice that costs him nothing (2 Samuel 24:24). Often the sacrifice that we are called to make is giving up our agenda, and understanding that things take time. That God has a plan that He is working in our lives, but that it often does not happen overnight. That sometimes the lesson is learned in the process of getting to wherever you are going, and not in the arrival.

Having lived two years on the road, I can assure that this phenomenon is true. I have learned more lessons between destinations that I ever did once I finally got where I was going. It’s just hard to think about God taking us through a tough road to get to where He wants us to be.

To be continued…

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