Many of us who are driven to succeed must endure a process. We first begin with a vision. A vision is something you wish to accomplish, a goal, something you work towards with an expectation of reaching the end that you anticipated. Vision gives you a destination and road map to work towards. Think about it, most people don’t get into a car without having in mind where they want to go. You expect that when you start going somewhere you will get to where you had predestined to go. Therefore you have vision. A true vision comes from God. He has a purpose and a destiny for our lives, he begins to reveal to us that purpose by giving us a vision. One could argue that in some instances we can use the words vision and promise interchangeably.
God promises us that he will give us the desire’s of our hearts if we seek him. God has a promise for every one. God has a vision for everyone, it is what we were created to do. Nobody on this earth is created arbitrarily absent from a purpose or vision that God has for us to accomplish. If God did not have a purpose or destiny for you he simply would not allow you the opportunity to be placed on this earth. Everything created has a purpose and destiny to do while here on earth.
The process is what happens between vision and the manifestation of the fulfillment of the promise. So it looks like this, VISION + PROCESS = PROMISE. They must happen within this order. You can’t have vision without a promise. You can’t have promise without a process. The process will be one of the hardest things that anyone will have to endure. Often times while in the process you have to walk alone. This is were God teaches us how to hear his voice and to tune out all distractions.
While going through my undergrad, I would work part time behind a jewelry counter. I learned a lot about jewelry back then.The thing that I remember most about gold is that it most be purified. Gold naturally has impurities in it, most people don’t want jewelry with blemishes in it. We all want the most perfect piece of jewelry that our money can afford. Gold is purified by having it reduced down to a liquid form. It is then placed into the fire, it is while in the fire that the impurities rise to the top, the merchant then wipes the impurities away, and then the gold is placed back into the fire. This process is repeated several times until the merchant gets the gold to the consistency that he/she wants. Ironically, the less the impurities in the gold, the more expensive it tends to be.
I used the process of purification to symbolize God’s process, we are his precious jewels. We belong to him, he must take us through the purification process. Everyone has impurities in them. It is in God’s process that our characters, integrity and intentions are made Holy before him. This is were he takes away the pains of our past, and where we learn to forgive. The process is one of the hardest and most arduous things we will every have to endure. The process is not easy. The process is what prepares you for His glory. Please note that things that you have attained but not been processed into will eventually kill you. Instead of being a blessing, it will become a curse. God loves us enough that he has to prepare us for His glory. There are many people that will never do what they were created for because they don’t want to endure the process or they get discouraged. The process is not easy, but well worth it in the end. So for those of US, who are in the process, don’t give up. Keep encouraged. There is a purpose for your pain.
© 2009 Samaria M. Colbert