I love the latest article by Wayne Jacobsen from “Lifestream” called “Slow Cookin‘“, and not just because Wayne admits that his favorite restaurant serves Barbecue. In this article, Wayne reminds us that God’s work in us is not usually accomplished overnight, but is a long, slow process.
We don’t like that in our microwave, fast-food society, but that is the way God has always worked. He reminds us that God told Abraham that he would have a son 25 years before Isaac was born. Of course, Abraham was not patient either. He also decided to help God along with his plan.
But, listen carefully to what Wayne says:
See, we know that now. We didnâ€™t know it years ago, but living now in the beauty of Godâ€™s unfolding work in our lives (and being in our 50s here probably doesnâ€™t hurt) we know the best things in our life were produced in a slow-cooking process of God transforming us at a deeper level so that we could enjoy the fruit of what he wanted to produce in us. Whether it was setting us free in a broken area, drawing us closer to his presence, or connecting us to other brothers and sisters for rich rich fellowship and doing things in God together, none of those things happened quickly. But they did happen deeply and weâ€™re now experiencing the riches of those things…
If youâ€™re going to enjoy this life in him, thatâ€™s something youâ€™re going to want him to teach you. Otherwise youâ€™ll be counting days and fighting off frustration at every turn. Father knows everything about you and where you are today. He knows what he is doing in you to open the real doors into that life in him youâ€™ve been praying about for years. He is doing his work in you to bring that to fruition. Unfortunately, itâ€™s just probably going to take a whole lot longer than youâ€™re thinking it will. But if your eyes are on him, rather than on the outcome, the delay wonâ€™t matter. In fact it will only make the final result so much more tasty and succulent.
Perhaps you’re happy with the kind of relationship that is built overnight. If not, trust God to develop you in his own way and in his own timing. It may take longer than you expect. But, the outcome is depth of relationship with God and with others – that is, Christ-likeness.