Steve Jobs has famously said that often times people don’t know what you want until you show it to them. His context was consumer goods, and in response to Apple products. A concept and theory he proved true.
Henry Ford is on record saying that if he had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses. His context was cars, and in response to basically engineering what led to us driving cars. Something most of us do.
Isaiah 55:8-9 reads that God’s thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways His ways. God knows better than we do. So much better. Often times we lead ourselves down paths God wouldn’t lead us down, nor have for us. Sometimes it’s disobedience, sometimes it’s innocent confusion.
Any of these three quick references quickly allude to the fact that WE DON’T KNOW what is best for us. As my buddy and pastor David Tomasso best puts it, the heart makes a convert out of the mind.
I think this applies to all things: career, family, personal, etc. Many times we think we know what’s best for us, but we don’t. In a situation or season of our life, we desire, long for, crave something. Some cravings and desires come to fruition, some don’t. For better or for worse.
Sometimes, we get hung up on what we want and may desire, not knowing if that’s what’s best for us, or the depth and longevity of the outcome of that desire. Spoiler: it’s often not what’s best for us. We, too, may know the outcome, but not the right path. A crucial step.
MY goal is to trust in the process. Trust in the process like we are to trust in the fire God is refining us in. TRUST when things don’t make sense. TRUST when we don’t get what we want. TRUST when we think we know best, but we maybe don’t.
We often don’t see clearly through a season, but looking back, often we can humbly submit to the heart and will of God for us, and say without doubt, like salvation, and like Amazing Grace sings, “I was blind, but now I see.”
You just gotta trust. Trust the process.
Embrace the journey.