How Long is This Going to Take?

One of the predominant questions I get asked by well-meaning people who desire greater transformation is, “How long does it take to get free?”

Those who ask this are working through a battle they are trying to overcome, but they feel as though progress is taking forever. Depression often sets in. Many long for things to get better, but they are up against the same struggles that have been around for some time. We may bump up against a constant discouragement of feeling we are continually looping in the same struggles with no sight of major progress. 

 “When’s this going to end? When’s the anxiety going to break? When am I going to get free? When are things going to get better? I mean, come on!”

Have you ever felt this way?

Learning Patience

In moments like this, you may see how impatient with yourself, and your journey, you actually are. The pressure of perfectionism and intense, or unrealistic expectations may override any hope for lasting change. It will take as long as it takes.  Healing will take as long as it needs to take. 

Transformation will take as long as it needs to take. Process with progress will allow you to love every version of yourself. ( Julie Signorelli)

This one statement can begin to release the pressure off your life, of feeling as though you need to be “better” as fast as possible.

When it comes to transformation, there is no pressure even from God for you to hurry up and achieve some state of breakthrough. He is more patient than you could ever imagine. But you need to give this to yourself. It is one thing to know God is patient, but you need to receive it.

God’s patience does not have its impact if I respond with impatience towards myself. 

Your trust and belief in the process will give you the grace and patience that you need to walk out your transformational journey.

BH/ Adapted from an article by Mark DeJesus

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