In the world that I live in, outcomes are the only things that matter. It does not matter how one gets there, what one has to do, or what is eliminated in the interim; the question is, did you achieve the goal? I find that others talk about concern for people, worry about those who have less, or look with kindness on people in pain, however the action stops when their income, prestige, or status is at stake! Outcomes, results, and success are the only thing that matters.
Walking through Wisley Gardens gives one a sense that there is another story. Part of the Royal Horticultural Society network, Wisley reflects much that is good about nurturing plants in southeast England. Yes, there are the obligatory sections of well-manicured, neatly trimmed, and methodically planned displays. There are also spots where the plants grow as they grow – sometimes out of proportion to their neighbors, at other times with minor imperfections, or fruit that is not quite perfect. Seasons dictate what is in bloom and when, so things are, at times, chaotic. It appears that the caretakers worry about the plant and try to do what is best. The outcome is open for all to see, good or bad.
The results are that Wisley is beautiful to the soul. The eyes are caressed, senses nurtured, and inner soul refreshed. Clearly this is the outcome sought for, however the process of nurturing plants appears to come first.
God believes in you and I. “God is solid backing to a well-lived life, but he calls into question a shallow performance.” (Proverbs 10.29) God worries about the process we use in going about life. There are no shortcuts. Everything is a choice, a decision that you and I will make for our self. God cares desperately about our day-to-day choices. As we journey and grow in life, He sends the Presence to teach, nurture, and direct our growth. He offers each the gifts of grace, mercy, and acceptance. The process is what we need to focus on; everything else God has covered.