When do the showers bring those flowers?

“But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” 2 Peter 3:8

“God is up to something. There is a reason why you went through what you went through. Trust the process. He’s got you.” – unknown 

“It’s all a process. The release. The courage. The unveiling. The growth. The awakening… Life” – thegoodvibe.co

Oh how we love to skip to the good part. We want the dessert before the healthy stuff, the happy ending before the dramatic climax, the view from the top before we make the climb, the calm after the storm. And we want it now.

When we are going through a challenge or even just a time of uncertainty, we yearn for peace and clarity. We can even go so far as to blame God for the challenge and resent Him for not relieving us from it. 

Once we start feeling that panic, we look to things around us for a quick relief. We ask people for help, we resort to bad habits as they’re easier for us, and we seek comfort in the world. More often than not, we fall backwards when our Creator is encouraging us forward.

Most of all we forget how time works. We think answers should come more quickly and we should be able to resolve this struggle faster than before. 

We forget how God prevailed the last time, how though at the time the journey felt arduous and lengthy, resolutions came in unexpected and wonderful ways. We may have even been grateful for the long process in retrospect because it brought us further and taught us more than we could have imagined. 

Much more often than not, when I’m going through a transformation I don’t realize how significant it is for my overall well-being and spiritual strength. I’m more caught up in the day-to-day effort and failures and feel like my struggle will never fully go away. I seek to control each action and event in my day, and when that fails I question my abilities to ever fix things.

God is better than that. The process works in ways we can’t comprehend and changes only come through this. What matters most is He knows how to provide and how to help us endure. Most of all, He can help us enjoy the process rather than seek the relief. He provides sweet relief in the journey. 

Let time happen. Let the process unfold. Ask God for the showers to fully cleanse and craft you. 

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