One of my favorite social work professors in undergrad was notorious for her catchy, insightful sayings. My classmates and I called them “Smithisms.” One of my favorite Smithisms is “trust the process.” In social work, trusting the process means the social worker trusts her gut instinct and the process of where she and her clients are going in treatment or services. There is a certain process to building rapport with clients and knowing how to provide the proper treatment and services for them.
In our everyday lives, we must learn to “trust the process” too. Trusting God’s process is an on-going journey.
Being in a new city, I have struggled with trusting God’s process. I have been here for a little over five months, yet settling in has been difficult. I only know one person (a coworker, who has also just recently relocated here). I have not found a new church home (but am looking). Joining a community and making friends is difficult.
I am not giving up, however. The words of Professor Smith still ring in my head: “Trust the Process.” Although at times, I have my struggles and doubts in different areas of my life, I am constantly reminded by her words of wisdom.
In Psalm 28:6-7, the Psalmist shares how he praises God and puts his trust in him,
“Praise be to the Lord, for he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.” (NIV).
The Psalmist reminds us to give praise the Lord, even through our trials and struggles. God knows our past, present and future struggles and is walking with us the whole way. What we struggle with and go through now is just a momentary, light affliction (even when it really feels like a big deal) compared to what wonders eternity has in store for us. We can trust him because of the promises He gives in His word to us.
What is God calling you to do? What does trust the process mean to you?
See you in the round!