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Last week my Apple Watch broke. It wouldn't notify my of my texts or calls, it wouldn't ping my phone, and it wouldn't update! This was a serious problem. It's 2018. 

I wanted to go on a run, but as I started to get ready I realized that my watch wasn't working properly. So, I tried to update it again. 

Estimated time: 9 hours.

That was not okay. I had planned to go on a run, but I couldn't go because my watch wasn't working. I couldn't track my distance or time or heart rate, so I decided I just wouldn't go. 

I wasn't going to be able to see my progress, so I had decided to just not go at all. 

Then, it felt like God showed me something about my life at times, and I'm sure yours as well.

We prefer progress to presence. 

Sometimes in our spiritual journey, our spiritual progression watch stops working. So we give up or slow down. It's not that we don't know what to do or how to do it, it's that we don't see the progress to keep us motivated to do what we know to do! 

I finally decided to go on the run anyway, because whether I had a watch on or not to track my progress, I was going to take the same route. I knew the exact loop I was going to take and about how far one loop was. I knew the route, but I craved the progress. And I almost let my craving for progress outweigh the ACTUAL PROGRESSION through actually running.

You won't always see God changing you. Sometimes you won't hear Him speak to you. Sometimes reading the Bible won't be an eye opening experience. The question for us all is: Do we want His presence or a feeling of progress more?

Jesus never promised progress. He promised His presence. Don't miss your actual progression with Jesus because you don't SEE the progress. When you don't know what to do, do what you know to do! You can progress even when you don't see progress. 

Just like I knew the route I was going to run with or without the watch, go back to the Word, back to prayer, back to the basics of your faith; His presence will meet you there.