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How To Trust The Journey God Has You On

How to trust the journey when things are rough and it feels like God isn’t doing anything. First, I want you to know that you’re not alone in the struggle.

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Affirmation: I will trust the journey

I want to talk about the journey today because I’ve been having a lot of conversations with my friends and the TLV community and a lot of us seem to be going through it.

Here are some reflection questions for you:

1. Are you on a journey right now?
2. If yes, how is it going?

As you reflect on that, I wanted to define the word journey. Journey simply means the act of going from one place to another.

I have friends that are starting new journeys full of uncertainty, friends that starting old journeys over again, and friends who feel like they’ve been stuck on the same journey for way too long. There’s a lot of us that seem to be on some hard journeys right now, including myself, so in the spirit of community I wanted to share 3 lessons that I’ve been learning as I’m trusting the journey that God has me on.

Lesson 1: Growth either feels icky or it feels like nothing at all is happening.

The first lesson is actual a reminder of something that I say to my clients quite often, and it’s that: Growth can be hard because it either feels icky or it feels like nothing at all is happening. 

This is an important reminder because a lot of us don’t remember what growth actually feels like most of the time, we just remember the high of achieving what it was that we were aiming for.

For example, growth does not feel good when it requires you to say no to that person asking you for another favor, because when you do, the people pleasing side of you makes you feel shame about it. But growth is committing to that “no” because you know with each “no” you’re ability to set boundaries gets stronger and stronger.

Growth seems nonexistent when it means have to get up at 6 am every morning to run up hills with your personal trainer. Meanwhile, you’re wondering if the body pain is even worth it because you still don’t see any abs poking through after 2 days.

I kid, but what happens when you still don’t have the results you desire after 6 months?

Growth does not feel good while it is happening. I do not know why I always forget that very fact until I’m in another growing season and things feel pretty sucky (I know I’m not alone in my selective memory 😅).

Growth may not feel good in the moment but it is always worth it and I will prove it to you.

In Habakkuk 2:2-3 in the MSG version it says,

“And then God answered: “Write this. Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run. This vision-message is a witness pointing to what’s coming. It aches for the coming—it can hardly wait! And it doesn’t lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait. It’s on its way. It will come right on time

There’s a reason God says to write the vision down because after that initial excitement and motivation wears off you’re going to need that reminder. If you’re like me, where sometimes every day feels like a struggle, you’re going to need read that reminder every day.

Which brings me to the second thing I’m learning when it comes to trusting the journey.

Lesson 2: Growth requires commitment to the vision.

Growth requires commitment to the vision or in other words commitment to the unseen. 

It sounds real similar to how faith is defined in Hebrews doesn’t it? And if you’re not familiar with the verse I’m referring to, it’s Hebrews 11:1,

“Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen.”

The only evidence you need of growth while growth is in process is your commitment to it. When you say you “I will trust the journey” you are making a commitment to the process of growth. Not a commitment to a certain outcome that you want to have happen or to a certain timing of your life, but are committing to the process of growth.

You are committing to the ACT of going from on place to another. Not to the places themselves but to the act of (see the definition of journey up above). 

I believe that this is a very important mental shift, I know it was a much needed one for me. I needed to loosen my grip on what I wanted to happen and when I wanted to have things happen because it was not allowing me to truly trust the journey like I was saying I was.

This brings me to the third thing that I’ve been learning on this journey God has me on.

Lesson 3: The journey requires REST or you will suck the joy right of it.

The journey requires REST or you will suck the joy right of it.

That’s exactly what was happening for me until I had a “you better check yourself before you wreck yourself” moment.

I had to get real with myself when I answered the same reflection questions that I asked you earlier. 

It was in reflecting that the Holy Spirit asked me another question, “Do you trust that the seasons will change?” 

When summer starts there is no indication that fall will come, yet we scramble to fill our summer days because we want to make the best of it before fall comes. The only thing that makes us so sure that fall will come is history.

We’ve been through this journey before, we know how it works. First summer, then fall, then winter, then spring and back to summer again. 

So then, do you trust the journey that God has you on? Better yet, journey or not, do you trust God?

It’s the same with our journeys no matter what kind of journey we go on because we know how it works. Whether it’s our first ever fall season that we’re awaiting or our 500th, we know fall will come because it’s not our first journey with God.

He has proven himself faithful. While on your journey, remind yourself of the seasons past. Do you remember that summer season of 2007, how God was with you the entire time you were living your best life? Do you remember the winter season right before then when you were unsure if the summer sun would ever breakthrough those clouds of depression?

When the journey gets hard this is when your habits and coping skills are most important.

Here’s why in Isaiah 26:3 it says, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”

The peace God gives us is not like the peace the world gives us. The peace the world gives will always be dependent on what’s happening, it’s fickle. The peace God gives is rooted in a firm foundation because it’s rooted in a God who never changes and in a God who promises to be for you not against you. So when we’re not able to rest easy in perfect peace, it means our trust is in the wrong place. And if our trust is in the wrong place then these journeys we go on are going to be even harder than they need to be.

When we say to ourselves, “I will trust the journey”. We have to also ask ourselves, What’s hindering my trust?

Is it fear?
Is it impatience?
What’s really stopping me from holding on to peace as I go through this current journey?

And then commit that hindrance to God. Do it every 5 minutes if you have to. Remember growth requires commitment so you need to be committed to committing that fear, uncertainty, doubt, and whatever else it may be that’s stopping you from holding onto God’s peace while on your journey.  

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Bonus lesson: No matter the season or journey, God just wants you.

I’ll end on this last bonus point. I know I talked about at the beginning of this post about writing our visions down so that we can remind ourselves of it daily. While that is very important, there’s actually a bigger reason we need to learn to trust the journey.

Yes, God wants to prune us, do a work in us, and get us ready for that next season but even more so God simply wants to spend time with us in THIS season. You see while we’re always looking forward to the next season with God, God is always looking forward to this season with you. This very season you’re in right now, he just wants you to spend it with him.

So when you affirm, I will trust the journey. I want you to remember your why. Your why is what and who exactly makes it so you can trust the journey, and it’s because of God’s faithfulness.

I will leave you with this last verse that has really touched my heart in this current journey I’m on. It’s Psalms 62:8 in the TPT translation,

“Trust only in God every moment! Tell him all your troubles and pour out your heart-longings to him. Believe me when I tell you—he will help you! Pause in his presence”

The next time you affirm, I will trust the journey. I want you to pause, take a deep breath, and just say a prayer to God. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate, it can be a smile, a “Oh God, I thank you”, a “God, help me” . Whatever comes to mind in that moment, actually take a moment to share it with God, and see how He will help you.

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