TRUST THE PROCESS

CREDITS MULTICOLORED ABSTRACT PAINTING BY STEVE JOHNSON, PEXELS, HAND GIF BY CANVA

WORDS

A poem written by Njeri Archer  © 2022

Words in words out, what we choose gifts thoughts and visions to support each route. Check the fruit if it’s spoiled, unripe or without, the sweetness of peace and dessert peaches or aged grapes, full-bodied and stout. Check it’s fit for crystal glasses before sips or bits taken by mouth. Every word reaps a harvest, all seeds planted will sprout.

Words in words out, if not God’s, we cast down every blurb, thought and turd said against our King’s crown. Instead, we choose blessing, nothing less than, every promise. Our Savior graced kinship, covering all that surmounted. Only one embodied God’s word, pure in living truth, King and Lord he is called, our Redeemer, our proof.

Though we’re tested, prayer works and though challenged the word declares every answer to our questions in new life and all cares.

(YOUR NAME HERE), TRUST THE PROCESS.

While checking my email the words “trust the process” stood out in the subject line of an ad in bold font. I sensed this short, sweet message was an answer to imaginary thoughts I pondered in the moment.  This prompt resonated as an answer to words unspoken. The Holy Spirit led me to write and nudged that this word is not only for me.

SOMEBODY IS COMING

A recollection of the phrase “nobody is coming for you” came to mind shortly after the Holy Spirit sent an affirmational message imploring me to “trust the process”.  Just that quickly, temptation taunted with fruit of retained words. Using a memory, the latter quote surfaced to undermine God’s sure words and ability to deliver and align.  Immediately, the viral meme sound “You don’t find that suspicious?” replayed in my head. This observation led me to test the fruit of these words.

In a split second, the quotes confront each other. The first came with peace, faith, openness, and inspired movement forward. The second quote created unfavorable feelings and imaginations using memories, fear, pride, and worry.  We can clearly see the origin, distinction and intention here when we compare the state of being experienced with attention to either suggestion. What we choose to hold on to in that very moment will usually call the shots for the next few minutes, hours, days, months weeks or even years for our good or detriment.

WIN WORD WARS

As a spinning carousel, words we’ve fed ourselves will be advertised to us. Words of men often war with God’s words attempting to control our perceptions, moods and state assigned to steal the joy and peace, he graciously gave us in companionship with him. 1 Filling ourselves with God’s words and retaining them is the only successful method to quieting, defeating and casting out thoughts before they sit long enough to engage our imaginations and emotion in support of it.  

The job of words is to create. Its mission is to root itself, multiply and produce. What we willingly choose consciously or subconsciously to keep within becomes true. Within a few seconds, our minds dissect, compare, and choose one to focus on.  If the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, and the other produces fear, sadness, angst, resentment, pride, abandonment, “thorns and thistles”. Guess which one is intended to steal, kill or destroy when given the opportunity to be planted? Thoughts are introduced in the mind and later impacts the soul.

ABBA’S DAUGHTER

 Inner rebellion boiled up inside against retained words of men. Thoughts stepped in the ring to contend with Living Word received in the unplanned present. My soul said,  Hell NAW, in Jesus’ name. Not this time buddy! *Cues in classic Tik Tok sound*: “Pick somebody else, I’m not addressing this crowd right now, please pick somebody else, I’M AT A TEN…”. Though slightly irked, I was tickled by the thought and had to laugh. This meme surely described my level of ‘enough’ of foolishness trying to interrupt my focus. Laughter broke the tension. This is fruit of good memory.

The first quote “Trust the process” inspired thoughts of light and safety. The second quote “Nobody’s coming for you” inspired recollections of abandonment and darkness. The facts are interesting. Light revealed and remained in the present moment while darkness drew from past triggers and unfavorable memories. Hmph… very interesting. I see why the Lord implores us to “forget those things that are behind” 2. If we believe, we’ve already been saved. 3

The Father continued to minister through quotes that day. In the evening, another ad jumped out as I continued to write. This one said, “opportunity doesn’t always knock, sometimes you have to go find it”. This is also truthful. Jesus repeatedly encourages us throughout scripture to ask, seek and find.4 When our steps are surrendered to God, they become ordered and aligned into fruitfulness and prosperity. If we’re listening, we become empowered to discern our reserved, favorable good in all circumstances.

FORGET ABOUT IT

18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.

19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

-Isaiah 43:18-19

GOD IS GOOD

“God will not withhold any good thing from those that walk uprightly”. 5 May we be loosed from the trance of divine misperceptions, in Jesus’ name.  Regardless of the floating words and declarations of mankind, it is God’s word alone that stands sure with evidence yesterday, today and forever. 6 God sends messengers through countries, streets, villages, mountains and deserts to show up for those he sends them to. God also supplies provisions to support and accomplish all they were sent or purposed to do. Countless pages of the bible beautifully recount synchronized grace and divine alignment.  We still experience these things today.

THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING

Every mentioned biblical representative witnessed the wonders and mysteries of God’s anointing resting with and on his people. None were without human flaw, yet God honored them and was gracious and merciful. The stories of Ruth, Esther, David, Joseph, Jacob, Hagar, Rahab, Peter, Solomon, Moses, Abraham, and so many others, are full of evidence. Even common folk penned as ‘a certain woman’ or ‘certain man’, ‘stranger’ or named individual, reveals vivid journeys of God’s rescue, love, healing, vindication, grace, mercy and honor in all seasons. Even through mistakes or intense hardships, their hearts and commitment to God’s ways changed the course of destiny for themselves and others.

Today, our personal experiences also reflect the goodness, mercy and grace of God. We are also imperfect yet, each bear a daily witness of God’s strength, help and saving graces every time we wake. Our proof rests in each time he spared and protected us, provided for us, and redirected our steps. We all can recall uttered prayers in night seasons declaring “Lord if you get me out of this one…” or praise, gratitude, and celebration in day seasons. In both extremes, in mysterious ways, God answered. There were many periods in life when we didn’t know how or when God’s sustenance, restoration, healing or provision would come. Yet soon enough and on time, by grace all needs were continually supplied.

Jesus though made in the likeness of man exceeded human capacity, fully embodying God’s word and power within. His life gifted us God’s living example of true love, sacrifice, forgiveness, healing and perpetual grace. Simply receiving him bestows the gift of an incorruptible treasure. 7  As we live through the gift of his presence, we learn, grow and are guided by faith to greater grace. As we surrender within, we experience the wonders of same. 

POWER OF PRAYER

 There is power in the name of Jesus. In transparent prayer, we have access to God, divine awareness and renewed power to choose his good in thought, word and deed. We become empowered to renounce polluted thoughts, ambiguous permissions, and with confession of God’s words counteract and reverse its effects. God will use any opportunity to speak to where we are, grabbing our attention from thoughts or beliefs that would harm us and lure us further away from perceiving his good. What we choose to receive and retain as truth on stems from what we truly believe.

GOOD THINGS TO REMEMBER

The good news is, even in moments of feigned faith, grace covers us. With God, longstanding unfruitful beliefs can be changed with his word and with time in his presence. More good news is, even in our thoughts we are never alone. Remember, the “somebody” that’s “coming” is the spirit of God within us and works through us, aligning his children in his kingdom with purpose and reserved promises for the greater good.

God shows up for his own and speaks to us through many things. Remember, God affirms, the other side denies. God corrects and aligns; the other side distracts and derails.    When familiar words or thoughts challenge the spark of light that inspires faith and works, remember to check the fruit of both. 8

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

-Philippians 4:8

3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

Jeremiah 33:3

LESSONS & BLESSINGS

LESSONS ON THE GLOW UP

“TRUST GOD IN THE PROCESS”

  1. As human vessels, our imperfection does not annul the grace and favor of God. 9
  2. Humble prayers and hearts move the hand of God as we follow his commandment to love. Though for a season all experience suffering, what’s needed will always come right on time.
  3. Trust the process. God said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’.  Believe and experience gracious and mysterious answers to prayer. 10
  4. Abraham believed God and it was counted unto him for righteousness. 11We become righteous through God by faith and belief. The works will follow.

5. God is present through all things. Seek God in prayer for all things. 12

SOURCE REFERENCES

1 John 14:27 2 Philippians 3:13 3 Romans 10:9-10 4 Luke 11:10 5 Psalm 84:10 6 Hebrews 13:8 7 John 1:12 8 Matthew 7:16-20 9 Romans 11:29 10 Deuteronomy 31:6 & Hebrews 13:5 11 Romans 4:3-5 , 12 Philippians 4:6-8, Listed Quotes : Philippians 4:8, Jeremiah 33:3 Isaiah 43:18-19

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