“I think some of us want to know the will of God more than we want to know God.” Mark Batterson “Wild Goose Chase: Reclaim the Adventure of Pursuing God“
I can totally relate to this statement.
I am a task driven person.
This means that sometimes I can get so focused on the task that I can forget why I am doing it or for Whom I am doing it for.
When we do this it short circuits our spiritual growth because we can’t do the will of God if we don’t have the heart of God.
Me desire is to know God more fully and sometimes (okay a lot of the times) this comes through divine delays and detours.
Everything that happens to us can be used by God to mould and shape us into the person that He wants us to be – that is, if we let Him.
I know for certain that I would not be doing what I am today if it wasn’t for my medical leave in 2007. That was a very painful experience but God used it to bring about some very necessary changes in my life.
When I was going through that painful experience I could have chosen to pack it in and quit being a pastor for good (that was definitely an option at the time).
Thankfully, God brought the right people into my life (first and foremost my wonderful and beautiful wife Lauren) to help me through that difficult time.
I know I am a healthier person as a result.
More importantly, I grew leaps and bounds in my relationship with God through that divine detour.
“We must never put our dreams of success as God’s purpose for us. The question of getting to a particular end is a mere incident. What we call the process, God calls the end. His purpose is what I depend on Him and on His power now. It is the process, not the end, which is glorifying to God.” Oswald Chambers
How have you experienced this truth in your life?