A while ago I was in my backyard with a friend when they noticed that my two lemon trees were full of fruit. They said, “Those are the most amazing lime trees I’ve ever seen”. I responded, “Yes, they’re beautiful, but those aren’t limes. They’re lemons”. They said, “Those look like limes to me”. I nodded and replied, “That’s because the fruit is still in process. They’re green now, but they’ll soon turn yellow. They’re just not finished yet”.
Did you know that in the same way as those lemons were in process, you are in the process of becoming everything God wants you to be? The writer of Hebrews says, “We inherit the promises of God through faith and patience” – Hebrews 6 verse 12. You may not look like you want to look or be where you want to be today. But don’t devalue the journey to get there. Don’t start thinking that the journey of faith isn’t worth it. Don’t despise the process because you just want to get to the promises. Can I tell you that the process is what builds your strength and develops you? The process is what makes you become what God’s called you to be.
If you’re familiar with Abraham’s story in the book of Genesis, you know that God led him on a lifelong journey of faith. At a very difficult moment in his journey, God said to him, “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are..for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever” – Genesis 13 verse 14-15. I love the phrase “lift your eyes” because God knew that Abraham could easily get his eyes on the difficult things and give up on the journey. He wanted Abraham to lift his eyes so he could see beyond the obstacles and begin to see his destiny unfold, begin to realize that the process he was going through was what would make him into the man of faith that God called him to be.
You are on adventure of faith. If you find yourself consumed with a problem today, if you’re wondering how something can ever work out, it’s time to lift your eyes and set your focus on God’s promises. You have to realize that beyond where you are there are greater heights, greater victories, greater strengths, and greater anointings. Shift your perspective to His promises and be patient. If you won’t get stuck, if you won’t settle where you are, if you continue the process through faith and patience, you will see God’s faithfulness and provision. You will come to know God in a way you have never known before. You will become everything God wants you to be!