Trust the process

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Dr. Robin Harris Kimbrough

One the most difficult struggles we have as Christians is trusting in the Lord.

All of us have sung the repeated frame: “I will trust in the Lord. I will trust in the Lord until I die.”

We bellowed these lyrics knowing that we were wavering in our trust in the Lord, but they are still important for us to say that we will trust in the Lord, speaking our faith helps us to grow in our faith.

Trusting in the Lord is a difficult walk at times, because many of us like to be in control of everything that we do, what is going to happen in our lives, and even in the lives of someone else. For us to really trust in the Lord, we must release this need to be in control of everything. We must trust the Lord, and trust what he is doing in our lives. We must trust the process.

In the Garden of Gethsemane, we witness Jesus praying earnestly to let the cup of crucifixion pass from him. According to the Scripture, he prayed so hard that drops of blood rolled from his forehead, eventually, after praying that the cup pass from him, Jesus utters these words, “Not my will, but thine be done.” In other words, Jesus decided to trust the process. This human struggle Jesus encounters in the Garden of Gethsemane lets us know that Jesus knows all about the difficulty of letting go and letting God do what God needs to do in our lives. How often have we prayed for our cups to pass from us? These cups are difficult academic challenges, they are marital conflicts, hard decisions we need to make about relationships, job-related crisis, and other stuff that we really would not rather deal with in our lives. For some, the cup is day-to-day living.

Whatever the cup is in our lives, it is part of God’s process for us to meet our divine destinies, to walk into purpose, and to experience victory. Many miss out on completing the process because we have not yielded to God’s will in our lives. God did not remove the cup, so we decided not to drink from it. When we decide not to drink from this bitter cup, we miss out on what God is trying to show us in the process. We throw in the tile and raise the white flag when things get a little hard, but trust the process, and watch God complete the process.

The process is painful; it hurts. The process is long; it feels like it is going to last forever. The process gets complicated; it feels impossible. These are all messages the devil whispers in our ears we are in the middle of the process, and especially when we are close to finishing it. There is good news—the devil is a liar. The process hurts, but it is also healing at the same time.

The process sometimes takes a while, but it does not last forever; it has a beginning and an end. The process is confusing sometimes because we do not know what God is doing, but it is possible, because with God all things are possible. All we need to do is to trust the process.

Everyone’s process is different. Everyone’s cup is different. Everyone’s Cross situation is different. What is the same for each process is that it requires us to trust in the Lord. The process is for our good, and the process, if completed, will lead us to our divine destinies.

As we go through our processes in this life, let not forget that God is in control, and if we step aside, and let God’s will be done, we will see victory on the other side.
Let go; let God! Trust the process.