Freedom usually isn't instant. It's a process.
This morning I read about Abraham's children finding their freedom from a life of oppression in Egypt. While God could have instantly caused Pharoah to set them free, it was a process instead. A process that showed His awesome and mighty power. A process where the Children of Israel got to see first hand just what He was capable of and experience His care for them. They had to learn persistance in the process and when they finally left Egypt, the journey had really only just begun.
It can be hard to watch people that we love struggle, it can be hard to struggle ourselves. We want a quick and easy 'fix,' but the process of developing a holy persistance isn't one to be avoided or rushed.
"Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually."
There's someone heavy on my heart today who is on a journey towards freedom. I want complete freedom so much for them, healing from deep, unjust wounds. God in His mercy is bringing healing, but it's not been an instant process. It's still miraculous in that wholeness is coming--but it's been a journey of up's and down's along the way. I know He's been working in their life but I realize now that He's building perseverance in ME through the process as well. Holy persistance to not give up, to not give into despair, to keep knocking at the door of Heaven today and tomorrow and the day after because deep, enduring healing is coming.
"...for we walk by faith, not by sight"
~2 Cor. 5:7
And along the way we all get to grow through seeing Him bring victories in the process. We get to develop audacity and endurance. Maybe the victory wouldn't mean as much in the long run if it had been instant. And we certainly wouldn't have had the opportunity to more deeply develop the habit to run to Him, to cling to our vine, and grow more firmly secure in the place where complete wholeness lies.
|Photos today by Anita van der Mespel on her recent trip to Ireland.|