In the Process

by Shekinah Bohlen

I have noticed, especially in the last few months, that God has a way of making us wait for the things we want. No matter how hard we pray or how long we pray, God will make us wait, if that's what He thinks is best. I don’t have it completely figured out, but I do know that there is always a reason. I have also learned that God’s timing is absolutely perfect, and he always has a plan.

My process of applying for college was more difficult than most. I had to retake my ACT test in order to get accepted, then I had to wait for the results. After that it took a long time for the school to get in contact with me. I found out a month before school started that I had been accepted. So basically it was a very long, drawn out process. Everyone around me was already buying stuff for their dorm, and buying books, while I had not even registered for classes. That was just one of the ways God made me wait. But in the end He was faithful. It was like he was testing me to see who I was trusting in.

James 1:3-4 says “The testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish it’s work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” From my understanding of this verse, God makes us wait in order to test of our faith. He makes us wait because he is preparing us for the next thing.

Lately I have been listening to the song “I Breathe You In, God” by Brian and Katie Torwalt. There is a line in the song that goes “When I don’t understand I will choose to love you God.” That line really hit me. I began to realize that when disappointment and change come our way, that when we don’t understand, we can choose how we react. We can choose to get mad at God, or we can choose to trust that He knows what is best and that He can see every little detail that we can’t see. It’s what we do in the process, how we choose to react, that defines how we grow.