It’s all a Process
Our walk, our faith & our blessings are all apart of a process unbeknown to us all.
We each have to undergo a specific process for our faith to grow, for our God to manifest in us and for our blessings to arrive.
Abraham had a process to undergo.
He needed to walk away from his family, his parents and take his wife to the journey that God had sent him. Abraham was tested. Lived long, at old age he had children….. and even then his faith was still tested …. God asked him to sacrifice his son Isaac to see how much Abraham trusted in him. His faith was tested. This long ….lifelong process was meant for a greater good and purpose that God had in store for us.
Because of this process which Abraham experienced and passed, led to God’s will being done. Abraham had no idea where this process would take him, but he knew his faith in God would not lead him astray.
Jacob had a process he needed to under go in order to fulfill God’s purpose in him. Jacob negotiates his way to taking Esau’s birth right and stole his brothers blessings from his father. But he too had a process he needed to undergo. He worked 14 years under his father in-law to pay for the bride price of Rebecca….. 14 years because at the 7th year when he was supposed to be granted Rebecca he instead got Leah. Labán gave him Leah because it was not customary for the younger to marry before the older. So Jacob continued working. He wanted Rebecca. Yet Jacob also had to undergo a process too when he wrestled with God for his blessing.
Joseph had a process to undergo as well. Joseph was sold in to slavery by his older brothers. Joseph the dreamer….
After he was sold he was transported to Egypt. It was in Egypt where he found himself in an unfortunate situation, where the pharaohs wife falsely accused Joseph of trying to seduce and lay with her. Joseph was imprisoned. His ability to decipher dreams is what saved him after years of captivity. When he interpreted pharaohs dreams he was released and was highly favored among pharaoh. He interpreted pharaohs dream that God will send them 7 years of prosperity and abundance…. which in these times they will need to save and prepare for the 7 years of famine which was to come. During the 7 years of famine Joseph came face to face with his brothers. His brothers didn’t realize this was Joseph….. didn’t recognize him at all…. didn’t know if he was actually still alive …. they assumed him dead after they sold him off. At the end of this reunion Joseph was able to reconcile with his father, his siblings and his relatives…. all this was a test and a process towards God’s greater will. Joseph had no idea then, how his role in history would play for God’s will. This is all a process.
Moses has a process to undergo as well. As an infant being placed in a basket into the Nile River to be saved and adopted by pharaohs daughter…. to live in royalty as family if the royal family. Then years later it was Moses who liberated the Hebrews from Egypt. God came before Moses and guided him. God guided Moses with every step. Moses trusted God!
Jesus had a process to undergo as well.
Jesus had 3 years in his ministry to demonstrate that he is the sin of God and fulfill the promises of God. Jesus had to be sacrificed on the cross of Calvary so through him we receive Salvation. For behold the son of Man walked, breathed and lived among us.
Where am I going with all of this?
You and I have a process that we must undergo.
Our trials and tribulations are processes that God allows the enemy to test our faith. For as we learned in the story of Job, the enemy cannot do anything to you without consent from God. God allows the devil to attack but with restrictions. It is up to us to whether we cave in and suffer consequences or we fight back and not lose faith and become victorious.
A few weeks ago we were honoring our pastor with our pastors day service. The prophetic preacher who was invited to preach gave a prophesy to the youth ministry leaders. It was a glorious evening.
The following morning, during the weekly softball game, the youth pastor had a freak accident. His accident tore both ligaments from his knee sockets and he had to undergo emergency surgery.
The enemy literally tried to knock him out.
What he fails to realize is our church has a group of men, women, youth & kids who believe in God, have trust in God and will pray harder in God.
The youth pastor came out well after surgery and is currently undergoing physical therapy for the next few weeks but his faith & his wife’s faith is a testament of how we should be. Though it may be hard and we may have moments of weakness, they found strength in each other but also in our congregation whom have been by his side with each step.
A few days later one of the elders was spiritually attacked.
So the women of our church untied in a 7 day prayers and fast.
We prayed for liberation, we prayed for the spiritual bondage’s to break. We prayed for mercy, we prayed for strength for this elder, for the youth pastors, for our church, for our leadership, for each other.
On three 7th day, one of the members had a death in the family.
We all came to a conclusion that in this spiritual warfare, we riled the enemy up. He was upset, he couldn’t knock us down. We became more unified than ever. We held hands… we praised and exalted the Lords name. We will not give up no matter what comes before us.
The following day my husband who along side me are the leaders of the children’s ministry. My husband went to work on Monday, his blood pressure was high, and the doctors at his job sent him home. When he called me I told him to seek medical care, I said don’t sit on this because it can get worse. Now it wasn’t lack of faith, it was utilizing the talents that god gave certain people for healing. We prayed, he sought out care and we found out the root of his problem.
The following day on Tuesday. I woke up with pain. So I thought I could ride it out. I thought they were gas pains. I prayed, went about my morning routines and then I went to work.
As the day progressed I noticed there pains were sharper, more intense and not going anywhere. That’s when I knew this was something bigger, but definitely not gas.
I did self examinations to rule out uti or yeast infections. Then I made my way to the urgent care. At the urgent care they sent me to the imaging facility in order to do an urgent scan to see what was going on. I was dismissed and was told the doctor would call me to let me know what the results were. Before I left all I heard was it’s 8cm big. I was hoping they weren’t talking about me…. but i left and went my way to church. My husband and I had a lesson to give and i wanted to see through to it. I was still in pain and advised to take Tylenol and Motrin the ease any pain.
I get to church, I start setting up for my lesson. I leave my classes room ready to receive the children with our lesson of the day available. I walked back upstairs and went to pray again and wait for the service to begin before we are to be dismissed for our classes for the evening.
15 minutes before the start of service i get a call…the doctor said…. I need you to go to the nearest hospital and go to the emergency room…. I’m going to email you the impression and we need them to run additional tests because there is no blood flowing to your ovaries and it needs to looked into now.
I wrote down what he said on a post it from my Bible, and I started to laugh when I got off the phone. My husband asked what happened. So I told him. I went to the office in church and I printed out a few copies of my report. I texted the pastora to let her know I will be headed to the Er which is down the block from the church and I would leave my husband and kids in church so they can pursue our lesson and I will update everyone once I’m able to get more info.
I was taken in immediately.
I was quickly re tested & re assessed with a different perspective.
They explained the situation.
They were able to see the root of the problems and thank God it wasn’t as severe as the imaging place said it was but that the dangers of reoccurring where high and that surgery was needed.
They didn’t operate me because at the moment it wasn’t considered life threatening. But surgery will happen.
So I was discharged in the wee hours of the morning.
I saw my doctor who scheduled me to see a surgeon.
I will journal my journal because this process that I’m undergoing will glorify God in the end. I don’t know why he gave me this.
I don’t know why he is having me go through this.
I will not question him, they way I’ve done in the past.
I will put my faith and trust in him.
Who knows maybe my current journey will be of a blessing for someone in need.
God’s will shall be done.
I will leave you with this word:
1 Peter 5:10 ESV
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
Remember trials and tribulations are meant for us to experience. Being Christians it was never stated would be an easy walk in the park. No one ever said we would not suffer. Our trials and tribulations rest our faith our love and our trust in the lord. I’m sharing what I am experiencing as I am living (plus or minus a few days) to share and possibly give someone else hope. Possibly give someone else strength. Possibly give someone else more faith. To show that you are not alone.
Father God I thank you today. I thank you for this process. I thank you for the life you have given me. I may not always understand your plans for me, but what I do understand is that your love is unfailing. What i do understand is you are with me in the midst of it all. What i do understand is that as long as I seek you, you will never abandon me. This journey has me emotionally all over the place. However in my heart and my mind it’s you that keep giving me the strength I need to remain strong. Thank you Lord. In the end of this process your name will be glorified and I will have a better understanding as to why what I am going through today was needed. I put all my faith and trust in you alone. Amen!