While progress makes us rejoice, any regression feels so disappointing. It doesn’t even have to be a “big” regression- but when we struggle again with something we’ve already worked through, it can feel overwhelming, frustrating, depressing. Why the heck do I keep struggling with the same things over and over again? Didn’t I surrender them already? Why am I still plagued with anxiety?
It’s really easy to let these thoughts bring us down. It’s much harder to face the thoughts head on, confront them, and let them go to God. Healing is a process- not a destination. We will never be fully healed on this side of life. We are too broken by this sinful world. Yet God is faithful to heal us time and time again.
And here’s the thing: when we struggle with something we thought we had moved past, it’s often easier to confront it and surrender it now that we’ve made so much progress. So really it’s not a regression when we struggle again- there is much healing that’s already occurred. We just need to see the journey and rejoice in how God has held our hands up until this point. He will not let go. He will never let go.
So if you’re discouraged today, take heart. The One who has made you has overcome this world and rescued your soul. If He was willing to die for you, He will walk with you in this life. He’s not a wavering God. He will stay the course with you today and every day. He will heal you when you bring your hurts and worries before Him- every single time. He is not discouraged by your progress. He has gone before you and seen your journey. And He loves your trust in Him.
“In God (I will praise His word),
In the Lord (I will praise His word),
In God I have put my trust;
I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
Vows made to You are binding upon me, O God;
I will render praises to You,
For You have delivered my soul from death.
Have You not kept my feet from falling,
That I may walk before God
In the light of the living?” -Psalm 56: 10-13
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” -John 16:33