“The process is the point.” is a quote I’ve heard before from Steven Furtick, and I heard it again driving home yesterday.
It made me think of my experiences watching reality TV. A lot of the time we get to see the progress of our contestants through gruelling trials and challenges that test their skill, and their worthiness to be the next “Masterchef” or the ultimate “Survivor” or… whatever the winner of Big Brother becomes.
And I did follow the latest series of Masterchef, but as University work got busier, it no longer had a place on my schedule.
So it was by accident that I found out that the winner of Masterchef was Andy, and after I knew that, I actually had no inclination to watch the rest of the show.
When we look at stories in the Bible, a lot of the time it’s easy for us to say, “Oh, I would’ve done that”, since we know the outcome. But at the time the people in the Bible had no idea what shape or form their victory would come in, only that it would come from God.
And thank God that we know the end result of our story.
Thank God there’s a difference between the lives that we live, and reality TV. Because the thing about us “knowing the ending”, that is, knowing that God wins and our lives are not for nought, allows us to find meaning in the process.
Even when it’s hard, and it doesn’t look that way.