Enjoy. The. Journey. Three words that have the power to speak so much life, yet for me, up until about a year ago, were three words that crippled me. I’ve always heard, “enjoy the process” and “find joy in every season” but all I could think was that the people saying those quotes had no idea what I’ve walked through and those statements are much easier said than done. Can I be honest? I would get so frustrated to hear someone tell me that until I was reminded by the Holy Spirit that it is in fact possible to enjoy the journey. So how do we do this? How do we enjoy the journey when life is sometimes less than enjoyable? John 16:33 says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
As I was praying through what the Holy Spirit wanted me to share with you, I was reminded of a story in Luke 8 of a woman who was bleeding for 12 years. (I know you are probably thinking, what does this have to do with ETJ, but I PROMISE I’m going somewhere.) In the story, the woman sees Jesus in a crowd sharing the good news. It goes on to say that she runs through the crowd (I’m definitely not a runner, but I’d be sprinting like my life depended on it…literally…to get to Jesus in that moment) and falls at his feet and touches his cloak.
Instantly, she knew she was healed. Jesus, realizing that some power had been taken from Him asks Peter, “Who touched me?” The woman, realizing she can no longer hide says, “It was me, I touched your cloak.” (If I were Jesus, I think I would have looked at Peter in that moment with a grin on my face and said something sassy, but good thing I am not Him. Ok, now off my soapbox.) Jesus looks at this woman, who clearly realized that she had a need and knew who could fix it, and said to her that because of her faith she was healed. I think this woman does three things that will help you and definitely myself to enjoy the journey, no matter what the journey looks like.
First, she acknowledged where she was. It is really hard to enjoy your season if you’re trying to be somewhere you’re not. I’ve always loved the quote “the grass isn’t greener on the other side, it’s green where you water it.” What season are you in? For me, this is the hardest part. All of us have goals and dreams and sometimes I wish so badly I could fast forward to that moment of achieving them. But in doing that, I actually rob myself of enjoying all of the wonderful blessings God has for me in the season I am currently in. I get to enjoy exactly who God created me to be. No masks. No pretending to have it all together. This is real life. Real issues and we can still enjoy every stinking second of it.
Second, she found Jesus in her circumstance. I think the reason why I always got so frustrated with “enjoying the journey” is because I was so over my circumstances. You ever feel like that?? GOD, WHY ME?? GOD, PLEASE GET ME OUT OF THIS SITUATION! I have found, after MUCH prayer, that if I find Jesus in every circumstance, it’s a whole lot easier to enjoy where I am. Sometimes circumstances don't change, we do. Thank God for that unnamed woman in Heaven who decided to stop feeling bad for herself and found Jesus exactly where she was.
Finally, she received what He had for her. I think the Holy Spirit has something for you today. The same God who healed the lady who bled wants to touch you too. If what it takes for you to enjoy the process is a word of encouragement that you are enough, He has something for you. If you need a financial blessing, He has something for you. If you need a friend who can relate to what you’ve walked through, He has something for you.
I don’t personally know what you’re walking through, but I know one thing. Jesus is with you in every heartbreak and every victory. Enjoy Your Journey. He has something for you!