Healing is about progression. Not sudden perfection.
When I feel stuck in life, and I’m seeking help to get out of it, one of the hardest things to come to grips with is “the process.” In my own life as well as in the lives of most all of my clients, healing has been a process, not a sudden healing experience.
I’m not exactly sure why, but I usually hate the reality of healing being a process. It could simply be because it’s hard to be patient, especially when you are struggling. I read the Bible, and I see where Jesus healed people immediately. Why can’t he heal me like that?
(btw- He has healed me almost suddenly at different times in my life)
It could be the “immediacy” factor our culture is obsessed with that causes me to have a hard time with the process of healing. We want our food fast. Our wifi better not be lagging. And neither should our healing.
How long will it take? I don’t know. I never know. It’s different for each person. However, I do know that we don’t get stuck in our state of struggle instantaneously.
Our struggles did not happen overnight, so what makes us think our healing won’t take some time as well?
However, in my experience of helping others walk through healing, I usually tell them something along the lines of, “It took you years to get in this place of struggle, but it won’t take you that long to get out of it.” Yes, it will take time, but it typically doesn’t take near as long for a person to get out of a struggle, compared to the time it took them to get in the position he or she currently finds themselves in.
With healing, it’s about progression, not instant perfection.
The process will have it’s ups and downs. Yes you had 3 days this week where you were completely depressed, BUT remember you were having 5 days of depression just 2 weeks ago! That’s what I call progress!
I find God to be a multi tasker as well. If we commit to the process of healing, with all of its frustrations at times, God will do much more than get us past that one thing we’ve been wanting to get over. He will not only heal that one thing, but he will set us right in other areas of our lives- simply because he’s that good.
So let’s quit fighting. Let’s quit delaying. Let’s commit to the process. Let’s accept that the healing we are seeking is most likely going to be a process and a journey. A process that we will never regret.