“You reveal the path of life to me; in your presence is abundant joy; at your right hand are eternal pleasures.” – Psalms 16:11
When I was a kid, I remember I had a very strong hatred for washing cars. I remember having to assist in the cleaning of the family car and every single time the best part of the task was when it was over. I hated the feeling that your hands began to develop after soaking in suds for hours. Your skin began to wrinkle up like a rug that had been trampled over one too many times during the Holidays. There was never a time that I would wash the car where the details were a priority to me. The ONLY thing in my mind that was important was how fast I could finish. This of course, always left dirt circles behind and often left more of a mess than when I began.
I can relate a lot of this to what my relationship with Jesus looked like at one point. His presence wasn’t something to rest in, but rather a portal similar to that of Super Mario that got me to a “blessing” quicker. However, as I have grown in relationship with Him, I am starting to learn that good relationships require a good story. What makes a story memorable is when a character wants or desires something and is willing to overcome conflict to get there. Our relationship with Jesus should not be confined to time spent reading the Bible to get to something else, but rather worshipping Him and wading in His presence. Process, conflict, or wilderness seasons in our lives are setting our stories up to be something great and memorable. We should not dismiss them from being able to turn into blessings. Often times, processes and waiting seasons are looked at as consequences to not adhering to an already fulfilled law, but I am proposing a change in perspective to see them as the blessing, as the wilderness is often where His presence is the thickest.
“Often times, processes and waiting seasons are looked at as consequences to not adhering to an already fulfilled law, but I am proposing a change in perspective to see them as the blessing, as the wilderness is often where His presence is the thickest.”
Here’s the thing… What makes a movie LEGENDARY is not so much about the protagonist getting what he’s chasing after, but connecting to him and watching how the process and challenges throughout change him. I think this is similar in our walk with God. Our life story isn’t so much about getting the blessings we desire, but rather enjoying the process spent with Abba and seeing how the wilderness seasons change us to make us look more like Him. Sometimes God will allow us to go through seasons of isolation because it’s there we learn that when Jesus is all we have, He is all we need.
I want to encourage you just as the Psalmist did in the above Psalm. The place where we discover true joy for our lives is not in a promotion to CEO, a marriage to the man of our dreams, or even buying a new Benz. While those things are not bad, we must realize that TRUE joy is found in the process of spending time in His presence. The challenges you are going through are making your life story more beautiful. Be encouraged, as the places of most challenge are often the times that God is nearest to you. Today is the day you write a better story for your life, and discover where true joy is found.