“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Something that I have learned to enjoy more in life is the process. Throughout life we go through many different seasons and each one is very specific and distinct, yet all of them involve a process. It could look like a process of healing, a process of forgiveness, a season of stepping out, or a season of changing. With each one there comes new discoveries and insights that draw us deeper and closer in our relationship with God. That process and our response to ourselves during it, is what I want to talk about today.
The Bible says that we are being renewed day by day and the Lord knows that involves a lot of learning and work! Some of that renewing happens quickly and some of it takes place over a period of time. He knows that we are each learning and growing at our own different pace, and he is there cheering us on every bit of the way. I would like to suggest that we too, can cheer ourselves on and enjoy the process a lot more than we currently are.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-17
I have learned that allowing myself grace in the process is so important. As well as not taking myself so seriously and laughing at myself! So often a good laugh is all we need to gain a different perspective on a situation. I once heard someone speak and give this example that represents a new way that we can respond to ourselves with love and grace throughout each season we navigate through.
I want you to think of a little child that is just learning how to walk. Maybe you have had your own children and you are brought back to that very specific moment. Does that child learn how to walk perfectly after they take their first step? Of course not! It takes multiple tumbles, multiple falls, and many times of getting back up and trying again. Now, I want you to go back to your response after that child (or your own) took that first step and then fell down. Did you jump for joy or did you frown with disappointment? We jumped for joy right? We were ecstatic beyond measure that this little human just took their first steps, and that response will continue each time until that child has fully learned to walk. There is a process involved for a child to learn how to walk, just as we are invited to stumble and fall and gracefully walk with our Lord.
Let us not forget that we can come to him and he will give us the grace and love we need at each moment. He does not withhold, he does not hide, he is always right there with us. Never will he forsake us, never will he leave us. He is always with us cheering us on through the process, as can we with him!
“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16