We live our lives in the middle—between the “now” and the “not yet.” For now, we have tasted of the Lord and seen that He is good, but we have not yet seen and experienced all He has planned for us. God is with us in the middle, leading us forward. But exactly in what way is God with us? How does He lead us forward? Scripture has much to say about how God works with us, shapes us, and moves us.
In the Bible, there are some amazing, inspiring accounts of God’s involvement in the lives of His people. While these stories do not always yield a hard and fast formula by which we can define God’s ways, they do reveal some observable elements which I call God’s process.
Sometimes, we suffer the death of the vision. That is, we experience the failure of our own plans to come to fruition. But in God’s process, we learn that the loss of our vision makes room for the birth of His. Our own plans must give way or die before we are able to see God’s plans come to fruition. God’s process is the way God chooses to move us from where we are to where He wants us to be.
One of the greatest realities about God is that He chooses to do what He does in participation with us. That is, He chooses to draw us into a cooperative relationship with Himself that allows us to participate in what He is doing in our lives and in the world. In His process, as God moves us from divine dissatisfaction through divine imagination to victory and rejoicing, He teaches us how to wait on Him—one of the chief ways we participate with God.