For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems grievous and painful; but afterwards it yields a peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it [a harvest of fruit which consists in righteousness–in conformity to God’s will in purpose, thought, and action, resulting in right living and right standing with God]. Hebrews 12:11
I awoke to that day which I had been dreading for weeks. During the week, over and over again, the question did not fail to arise…”Is this the weekend when we will go get the Christmas tree?” It was imminent and inevitable that on this day we would be going through the process of putting up Christmas decorations.
I don’t mean to sound like the Grinch. I’m not sure when the process of decorating for Christmas became an event which prompted undeniable inward dread rather than the apparent exuberance displayed by my children even as they spoke of it. Instead, this thought had the ability to make me feel overwhelmed and weary before I even started.
The process of “putting up” Christmas decorations in our home actually involves many, fairly detailed steps. Firstly, it means that the Autumn decorations must all be taken down, carefully boxed up and put away…into the attic. Before placing those decorations into the attic one must actually crawl into the attic and pull out all of the boxes of Christmas decorations. The space is small, it is cramped and it is lined with this pink fuzzy insulation stuff that makes you itch all over when it touches you- and it will touch you during this process.
If you attempt to stand up and maneuver to get more comfortable, which you will need to do, more than likely you are going to hit either your head or your back on the overhead beam-but most likely both, and it is going to really hurt because whoever built the house apparently built this space to be accessed and utilized by individuals with the proportions of elves.
Once all of the Christmas decorations are out of the attic you then must carry them downstairs, retrieve everything out of them and then cart all of the storage containers back upstairs….to the attic. I guess after that, it is the normal creative and progressive process which takes place within every festively dressed home, the active placing of decorations in their temporary assignment of holiday cheer. The whole time, in my head, I am thinking “in only three weeks, and four at the absolute most, we will be doing all of this all over again…ugh.”
Once everything is properly placed and the lights are given the opportunity to illuminate with holiday splendor, I sit back admiring the fruits of our labor all snuggled on the couch with my family. It is then that I never fail to decide again that indeed, the work was worth it and the result is beautiful. I’m not the Grinch after all.
As a Child of God, there are many processes that we must endure in order to become as beautiful as He created us to be. Sometimes, I think I feel as processed as Velveeta Cheese!
Even while reading this I would dare to say that you are right in the midst of a process yourself; A process of purification, a process of beautification, a process of refinement, a process of being taken from glory to glory.
Although the process may look different for each of us there are elements within every process which are common among children of God.
The process can seem to demand from you more than you feel you have the strength to give.
The process can be overwhelming at times.
The process takes time-most often than not more time than we would like to offer it.
The process can make you feel weak and weary.
Galatians 6:9 amplified style states “And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.”
I encourage you today child of God to embrace the process. For although at times it can seem like more than you can bear, He has neither left you nor forsaken you. His eyes are upon you and His heart is for you. And, when you are through with this process-for you know He has not brought you this far to leave you, you will look back and you too will say “it was worth it.” And your Heavenly Father will be glorified as all witness the beauty of the new level of Glory that He allows you to walk in.