Heal, but not too quickly

Just when I sometimes think that old habits have been conquered and I am no longer subjected to temptations, something happens and I am reminded of my weaknesses all over again. Some of our biggest struggles in life can take the longest time to change. I have realised more and more that God allows these struggles to exist. It is only  through these struggles that we can begin to realise just how dependent we are on devine help.

It is no accident that some struggles seem to never leave us. Think of it like this. The struggle is the cross in our life and it is only through the cross that we are born into eternal life. Jesus died on the cross. The cross was necessary. The cross was the agony. The cross was something that Jesus had to accept in his life.

We need to openly accept our cross in life. Whatever the struggle that plagues you, see it as a necessary part of redemption. Even when you are battling to cope or trying to avoid the way you deal with some situations, give gratitude for these moments. Take time to give gratitude for this cross in your life. Integrate it into your life as a necessary moment. Believe that it is only through God’s grace and intervention that this cross can be taken away. Only God has the power to rise you above your cross and to raise you. We need to die to our struggles and know that when the time is right, we will be delivered from these struggles.

So next time you struggle and beat yourself up over your failures to change habits or to act the way you desire, take a moment to thank God and to embrace your ugliness, and believe that God wants you to feel the pain of your cross. God wants you to feel your shame, to feel your guilt, to feel your regret. Embrace these feelings and give thanks for them.

Resurrection from our struggles only comes through God. The stain of our humanity in our lives is only washed away by the intervention of our creator. Believe that you are being taken care of. Regardless of how many times you fail. Regardless of how many years it takes to change, give gratitude and thanks for these moments and know that God is working in the background to do what might seem the impossible.

God is not a Gentleman.

God allows us to be firmly nailed to our cross for as long as God sees fit.

God wants us to be healed but not too quickly.

Never forget that it is God who is does the healing, not us.

Remember these things next time you struggle and know that God will release you from this burden in God’s time, not ours.