The phrase “Trust the Process” has become popular in the Philadelphia area thanks to its basketball team.
But, I think it’s more important for us, as believers, to trust the process that Papa uses in our lives to mold us into the image of Christ.
It’s hard for me to fathom that I’ve been coming along side believers to help them realize their new identity in Christ for over 27 years.
One of the most common frustrations that folks have expressed is their impatience with Papa in the healing and growth process.
Beloved, Papa has a purpose in the process.
Oftentimes, we would prefer a presto-chango process over the longer process that Papa chooses.
In my opinion, it’s our inability to see the eternal picture that makes us impatient.
Also, we hate pain, and sometimes, healing includes some pain.
Imagine breaking your arm and setting it yourself; most likely, for proper healing, a doctor will have to rebreak your arm in order to reset it so that it heals correctly.
We are wired to avoid pain.
So, when Papa asks us to revisit painful or scary memories, even though He’s with us in those memories, we shy away from the pain and cling to our familiar flesh patterns to suppress the toxic pain.
But, Papa is willing to wait until our trust and faith in His love grows big enough for us to surrender to Him and His work in us to bring healing.
So, beloved, don’t beat yourself up or get frustrated if your healing journey is taking longer than your think it should.
Papa is not disappointed or frustrated with you.
He cannot be disappointed!
He knows exactly when your faith in His love will be big enough to trust Him in His healing process.
Beloved, there’s another trap of which I need to warn.
Satan loves to distract us with leading us to compare the process that Papa uses in our lives with what He uses in others’ lives.
Beloved, this kind of thinking is always of our flesh, and it will always result in resentment and distrust of Papa.
Please don’t fall for this tactic of Satan.
Papa made us as unique individuals, so the process He uses is unique to each of us.
Beloved, the Apostle Paul declared his confidence in Papa to finish the work that He started in us (Philippains 1:6).
Remember that we are Papa’s workmanship, or masterpiece, in Christ Jesus, and what Papa begins He also finishes.
Our part is simply to rest and receive His love and peace in the process.
The more we rest in His love and peace the more we will trust Him in the process.