The Loudmouth Protestant

August 2, 2007

Slow-Growth Plan

Filed under: christians,Common,faith,God,The Most High — nickisym @ 2:31 am

While doing some research for a story on one of my favorite artists Common I came across this site. My research on him led me to this site because I was trying to find the origin of the phrase “Most High”–a phrase that I hear him use in his music often–and of course he isn’t the only one. I wasn’t sure if it was a phrase used only to express the greatness of Jehovah God or Mohammed–which wouldn’t be that shocking because Common does skate the line between expressing Christian sentiments and exhibiting Muslim sensibilities.

Nevertheless, when I happened upon this site, I stopped dead in my tracks at the sight of this:

Progress…We progress like a tree growing high on a mountain top. If we become anxious and grow too fast without first properly rooting ourselves, we become susceptible to being torn up and whipped by the winds of agitation. If, however, we are content to grow slow and establish a proper foundation, our roots will be strong and will enjoy a long life and a lofty view:

What does it mean to you…

This meant so much to me because within the last two years I have started to recognize God’s trajectory for my life. While I may watch the people around me get promoted, married and experience upward mobility, I have come to realize that as King Solomon says in Eccleciastes 9:11, the race is not given to the swift or to the strong or to the wise but that everything is according to God’s plan. It has been a lesson not to short change myself because things aren’t happening for me as rapidly as they happen to others. And God has worked that way in my life for as long as I could remember and he blows my mind every single time.

It’s the plan that God has for us which will not harm us but prosper us. His plan is to give us a hope and a future and it isn’t always his will to ensure that it happens expediently. It’s in God’s time. And so it is within his time that I have learned to appreciate the slow growth in my life.

Ironically, my favoritist–I know it’s not a word–artist on the planet, Common, has also been a beneficiary of the slow-growth plan. If not for his hip-hop prowess aging like fine wine, he would have blown up and fizzled, but that isn’t the plan that God had for him. Com’ needed to be groomed, he needed to experience trials, he needed to spend time in seclusion for God to prepare him in private for his public ministry, he needed to learn how to endure and he even had to trust God to put him in the midst of talented people that would take his career to another level–because as I learned a few weeks ago, our anointing is not just for us.

And so it is with great appreciation that I say “thank you Lord” for reminding me of your plan for me in the most unlikely way that God.

Thank You God!


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