There are some circumstances, some seasons in life where you will have no choice but to be strong. It’s during these testing times that you’re forced to confront the state of your foundations. On what is your hope built?
I often find it difficult (and arguably less impactful) to write about trusting the process without giving some insight into my current process. So with all I can give, here we are. The year was 2016. May 3rd to be specific. We are almost halfway through the year and thus far, 2016 has been far from kind. As I reviewed the year, the highs and the lows – it occurred to me that never had so many areas of my life been attacked all at once. And it hurt, incredibly.
The truth is that you can be strong and still be hurt. Being strong is not the absence of pain, strength is choosing to trust the process in the midst of the pain. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). All things. Every single thing. Working for your good. Now the hard part to grasp is this; what we consider good and what God considers good, often times differs massively. Wherever you are right now, this current season may not be good to you, but rest assured it is good for you.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). If we truly believe that God is a good, virtuous Father then how much easier it would be to simply trust the process He is working in and around us. I’ve heard it said often times that God is far less concerned by what is happening to you as He is about what is happening inside of you. What if everything that is happening around you is entirely necessary, and a mere detail in the grand bigger picture which He is painting on the tapestry of your life? How differently would you approach your current season?
Faith Cole, a friend of mine put it like this, “You will find that the way a storm begins and the way a storm ends, is nothing compared to the way a storm leaves you. As time continues, you will forget the details of how you weathered, but you will be living with who you have consequentially become.” A Scripture which comforts me always is from James 1:2-4. It says, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
There are some circumstances, some seasons in life where you will be faced with the choice to give up, or be strong. I pray that when that time comes, no matter how tired or worn out you feel, you will choose to take rest in trusting the One who governs the heavens and the earth. And always, always trust the process.