December 4, 2016

Life is a Process; That's a Good Thing.



My last article was about how life doesn’t always make sense. That’s actually normal, but frustrating. It’s hard when we can’t get immediate results.

In this Information Age, all of us seek answers or solutions.  I don’t know if we’re always prepared for them, though. We may need to work first on our physical strength, mental strength, or relationships. It’s hard to move forward if we’re lacking in those areas.

Truthfully, we’re all works in progress. Life is constantly changing and expanding; that’s the nature of it. Setbacks and victories are normal. This is how we learn and grow.

This situation can also lead to discomfort and confusion. We especially get baffled if our realistic dreams don’t come to pass in the expected manner:
  • Marriage
  • Promotion at work
  • Graduation
  • Having kids
  • Healing
  • Crucial information

God really does give us what we need at the right time. There’s no practical way to speed up the timetable. Believe me, I’ve tried plenty of times. Without fail, it has resulted in debt, tears, and misery.


Yellowstone National Park, U.S.A.

This is a 3,500 square-mile wilderness area. It’s a volcanic hot spot situated mainly in the state of Wyoming. Parts of the park are in the states of Montana and Idaho, too.

I’ve heard that top scientists can predict the decade when Yellowstone, which is essentially a supervolcano, is most likely to blow. This event will make the eruptions of Mount Saint Helens, Krakatoa, or Vesuvius look like an elementary-school science project. The whole world will be affected. It will be a game changer of major proportions.

Do you want to know when it will happen? I certainly don’t! What would the knowledge do except cause widespread panic? How does one actually prepare for such a catastrophe, anyways?

On the bright side, scientists aren’t always right about everything. Sorry, but it’s true.


King David of the Bible

This ancestor of Jesus Christ was only a young shepherd boy when he was anointed to be the king of Israel. Obviously, he wasn’t ready to rule at that time. It’s a huge step from guarding sheep to taking care of an entire country.

David went through many life changes within the next two decades. He had lots of giants to slay. At the end of that time, he was finally prepared to be the first king over a united Israel.


King George VI of England

“It is better to be patient and get what you desire than to have it thrust upon you when you’re not ready.”—King George VI, from the Netflix original series, The Crown

He is the late father of Queen Elizabeth II. He was the second son of King George V. George VI only became king because his older brother gave up the throne. I wonder how prepared this strong man was to lead his country through World War II.

My Conclusion

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”—Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)

Life is a process that can’t be rushed. Many events cannot be fully understood or anticipated. In the meantime, we must accept the triumphs as well as the sorrows that come our way.

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