Here’s a recap of my past couple weeks:
[ Writer’s Block – see: organizing pens in rainbow order; playing fetch with the cat; coming dangerously close to cleaning the oven; playing fetch with the cat a second time. ]
But I’ve heard that writer’s block happens to the best of us. That it’s all part of the process.
Oh, good gracious.
It took a teary-eyed and quivery-lipped me looking over at Michael and informing him that maybe I’ve been wrong about this whole book endeavor because “it just doesn’t feel right at the moment and do we still have that box of thin mints and I’m going to Target to buy some new Essie polish and a candle and maybe a throw pillow” for me to face the truth: the best processes, the very best ones, take time.
Mainly the [[process = time]] thought hit me when Michael cocked his head and furrowed his brow in response to my teary-eyed statement and then matter-of-factly asked me, “Rob. Are you working on your book pitch right now? Or your synopsis?”
*Sniffled. Took a bite of three thin mints at once. Nodded.*
And so Michael laughed and sat down next to me on the couch and gave me a hug.
Then he reminded me that I said those exact same words the last time I had to work on a book pitch.
See, the pitch and the synopsis come toward the end of the book writing process.
They’re like…mile 7 of a 10 mile run, where mile 7 consists of running a straight shot up a mountain the whole time. And also maybe being simultaneously shot at with nerf guns. (Just kidding about the nerf guns. But we played with them yesterday and they’re awesome.)
And so by this point in the book process I’M SO READY TO SEND THIS PUPPY OUT.
But it’s not time to send it out yet. Not quite.
Because it’s worth doing right. And it’s worth doing right because I treasure my work greatly.
Like us, I think.
God treasures us greatly. And so He takes His precious time with us.
And so then I thought about LOTS of processes that take time and are treasured and are so worth it.
Forming a baby takes 9 months.
Adopting a baby can take years.
Education takes 13 years. At least.
Physical therapy to heal the muscles so you can run free again takes at least 2 months. (Hey there, IT band!)
A good night’s sleep takes 8 hours.
Deep friendships take years to form.
Standing in line for the new Harry Potter ride took 45 minutes (TOTALLY worth it).
Re—heating leftovers in the oven for 30 minutes is way better than heating them in the microwave for 1 minute.
God used 7 days to create the earth.
Jesus waited until He was in His thirties to start His ministry that led to our full redemption.
And completing His good work in us will take our lifetimes (Phil 1:6).
You know, it seems like the best things in life don’t happen instantly. Not at all.
And maybe it drives us a little crazy sometimes because we can’t see the end result of the process like He can.
And so maybe that’s why He tells us to “Relax! Be silent and stop your striving, and you will see that I am God” (psalm 46:10 passion version).
Because we’re His workmanship, and our hearts are His good work. We’re worth the time to Him. We’re worth the process.
Plus, I feel like if He wanted us to hurry all the time, He’d say so. But He says the opposite. Be still.
I’d love to give my heart permission to be still.
So, It’s not that He’s ignoring us or dropped the ball because something’s taking too long.
It’s that we’re worth the painstaking and beautiful process to Him (Isaiah 43:4).
Even better, through all these processes in our lives, in whatever process we find ourselves, the heavy lifting isn’t ours.
We lift our eyes upward, trusting Him to hold every detail of every process of ours in His hands (John 3:35), because He is faithful to complete His good work in us (Phil 1:6) because His plans for us are good (Jeremiah 29:11) and because He works all things for our good (Romans 8:28).
So the next time we get impatient or discouraged because why is it taking so long?…let’s remember this, dear friends:
We’re too precious to the Father to be the instant kraft mac and cheese. We’re that delicious and totally-worth-it stovetop kind. [[ Disclaimer: writer’s block may induce these types of analogies. ]]
So let’s relax & give thanks for the process we’re in today. Because it’s beautiful grace.
Blessings & laughs & beautiful stillness to you,