Pause then Promotion . . . The Process of Faith (part 2f)

Pause then Promotion . . . The Process of Faith (part 2f)

~ This blog post is an adapted excerpt from a sermon by Peter DeWitt.  You can hear the whole sermon, The Process of Faith (part 2),  from Agathos Church – a non-denominational Christian Church in Columbus, Ohio by clicking here.

Pause can lead to promotion – if we let it.  A wilderness can lead to a promised land.  Preparation can lead to promises.  But we can resist change, resist a pause, and accuse God that He is “not doing anything.” But, perhaps that is just not true . . .

PERHAPS GOD IS PREPARING YOU FOR SOMETHING NEW!

To give you a visual of seasons of pause and seasons of promotion, consider the process of melting ice in a pan on a stove.  First, you put ice into a pan on the stove and then turn the stove on.  The stove will add heat (i.e., energy) to the ice, and if we track it, a thermometer will show us that the ice will get warmer and warmer the longer we have the stove on.  You can see this in the diagram below.  It is a phase change diagram for water.

from http://www.kentchemistry.com/links/Matter/PhaseChanges.htm

Phase Change Diagram for Water. Note that there is a point (POINT B) on the graph where the temperature stops increasing.  This is called a phase change.  During a time of phase change, although the energy input is just as high as ever, the temperature is NOT increasing at all – not even one bit!  And that is because the actual nature of the substance is being changed (going from solid to liquid) – and all the energy is going towards that transformational purpose alone.  So, ice will continue to rise in temperature until it is just about to become liquid water.  At that point, it can seem like all the energy in the world won’t make the temperature go up.  Not so.  Actually all the heat at that point is going into the singular purpose of changing the water from solid ice to liquid water! (Diagram is from http://www.kentchemistry.com/links/Matter/PhaseChanges.htm)

During a phase change, if you are a “temperature measurer” you will think your stove stopped working.  Not true.  It’s just that all the energy from your stove was going into transforming the ice – not increasing the temperature.  1 Corinthians 4:5 says “judge nothing before its time.” In other words, we can note that:

measurements made during transition are often poor representations of the true change occurring.  

Applying this to your life, don’t allow pre-mature measurement to frustrate your faith!  There is some truth to “a watched pot never boils” after all!  During a season of pause, all the energy is going into a transformation.  Once the transformational process has come to completion, the same energy input will yield a rapid increase in temperature.  Breakthrough did not come from changing direction, but staying the course!  Bob Dylan sang “they say the darkest hour is right before the dawn.”  As Mark Crawford says “followthrough is the key to breakthrough.”

If you haven’t seen your breakthrough, . . . keep following through until you do!

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