Don’t Rush the Process

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Tonight I am discontent with life. Two hours ago, I was totally fine, but now, at this moment, I’m asking God a lot of questions.

“When is this gonna happen?” and “Why hasn’t this happened yet?” and “How come this?” and “God, don’t you know I’m a year away from 30 here?”

It’s not often that I face these thoughts of discontentment, but when they come, they roar.

As I rolled out my list of questions to the Father, He only said one thing in response,

“Don’t rush the process.”

Don’t rush the process? I just asked you 20 questions and you answered not one of them. Instead you say, “Don’t rush the process.”

Ok. Soooo I’m supposed to just take that and be ok?

Moments like these make me feel like a 3 year old having a temper tantrum while my parent ignores my rant, waiting for me to come to my senses; showing me that my tantrum will yield no rewards.

That quite possibly could be what’s happening here. Actually, I’m convinced it is.

Any who, now I’m here, writing my way back to my senses (hopefully able to help someone else in the process).

Tonight my thoughts and perspectives are saying that God’s timing is not best.

My attitude of discontentment is saying that the all-knowing, all-wise God, doesn’t know what He’s doing with my existence.

How arrogant of me.

My mind knows that this isn’t truth; my mind knows that these thoughts are foolishness, but my heart is clearly feeling otherwise.

So what do we do in the times where discontentment comes in seeking to destroy our joy and peace?

We pick up a shotgun and shoot it in the head.

Ok so that’s impossible, but seriously, we must kill it.

Death to discontentment

It robs us. Adds nothing of value to our lives and it LIES!

So lets do this together. Write down your current list of truths. I’d love to read them if you want to share, just leave a comment or send me a message! By the end of our reflections, I believe we’ll be one step closer to contentment.

So here are my life truths. Despite all the things I’d choose to change right now, the truths of my life are:

  • I am surrounded by loving friends and family
  • I have an amazing job where I sometimes work crazy hours without complaint because I enjoy what I do so much
  • I have some great mentors who willingly check on me and speak truth into my life
  • I have some of the best little brothers and sisters who I get to walk through life with
  • I have the absolutely undeserved privilege of sharing God’s word with people
  • All of my needs are met
  • I am in good health
  • I am exactly where God wants me to be

I am blessed & so are you.

We must adjust our perspectives, replacing our complaints with truth, and we must avoid the temptation to rush the process.

Here are 3 final nuggets for us to ponder:

1. We don’t know what’s best

  • “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.” -Isaiah 55:8

2. There is a point to the process

  • “…and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,” -Romans 5:4

3. God knows what He’s doing

  • “for I am God, and there is no other;
    I am God, and there is none like me,
 declaring the end from the beginning
 and from ancient times things not yet done, 
saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
 and I will accomplish all my purpose,’ -Isaiah 46:9-10

And as a bonus, the scripture that straight shut me up:

“Talk no more so very proudly,
let not arrogance come from your mouth;
for the LORD is a God of knowledge,
and by him actions are weighed.” -1 Samuel 2:3

And done. Lol

Would love to hear from you if this resonated with you in any way.

Let’s help each other restore our contenment and rest in knowing God’s got this.

  • Notes Hardin
    September 2, 2014

    This happened to come at the right time for me. I honestly know exactly that emotion you described.

    My list:
    I know the LORD has given me favor with Him and man.
    The LORD has kept me in great health for as long as I can remember.
    The LORD has kept me safe as much as I travel. I don’t even consider accidents as a possibility.
    The LORD has maintained a great bond of love with myself and my daughter, despite our distance.
    The LORD has taught me His Word and given me insight freely because I simply asked.
    The LORD has allowed me to visit a foreign country and share the gospel/feed children!
    I’m so grateful to know that He loves me!

    I just celebrated my birthday less than two weeks ago and have entered the last year in my 20s. At times, I dip into the “what ifs” and “I should have accomplished this” and other unhealthy pools of thought. But this has really encouraged me. I said I wanted to leave my 20s with a bang (for Jesus!), but most importantly I just want to bask in His presence and make His love known to the world. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Kandis7
      September 6, 2014

      That’s awesome. I love all of your truths. Thank you for sharing & I’m glad you found this post to be encouraging!

  • Ruth
    September 2, 2014

    Omg Kandis, right on time.

    • Kandis7
      September 6, 2014

      Yay! :)