Endure hardship as disciple; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined - and everyone undergoes discipline - then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.
- Hebrews 12:7-12

I love this passage of scripture. God has taken me to this page of His word many times in the midst of process. As children of God, we are promised freedom, fullness and identity in Christ. However, a lot of times there are pieces of our story that have created wounds, that have led us to believe lies or sin struggles that keep us from walking fully in everything that Christ died for us to have. God's heart is full healing, restoration and redemption of every lie, wound, & stronghold into victory, freedom and abundance. Often times, we want God to do this in an instant - to in a moment take us from the pit and set us down gently on the mountain top. However, while God is capable of this, He more often brings healing in a process. Especially in our culture of instant gratification, the process aka "a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end" does not sound very appealing. Over the years, I have wished that God would bring healing and spare me the process, but throughout my story, God has also revealed WHY He loves the process, why He loves to help us climb our mountains step by step rather than plopping us at the mountain top with very little effort or need for perseverance. Hebrews 12:7-12 has helped me to piece together the truth of why the process matters.

Going through the process that God is walking us through is an act of discipline - God recognizes that this is not easy: verse 11 says "No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful." Keep reading. Verse 12 tells us "Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it." Verse 10 says "God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness." The process matters because of what it produces: a victory that is firm, rooted and unshakeable. God wants us to delve so deeply and fully into each step that it becomes woven into our foundation. Take the example of God uprooting a lie & replacing it with truth. If you have step by step understood fully why what you were believing was a lie, what the truth is, and why the truth is true, then every time that lie rears it head at the other end of your process God has given you the tools to work back to the truth. It is difficult for that lie to tempt you to believe that you never made it up the mountain, because you remember the climb. You know you have victory because you fought to get there - you can point to each battle won & to every step taken.

Essentially: what we gain through the process is worth every bit of frustration, pain and tribulation that we encounter along the way. The fruit that is produced, the harvest we reap, the firmness of the ground that we get to stand on at the top of the mountain are worth it. My prayer for all of you today is that you would walk through the process through the lens of that promise: that what you gain is of far greater value than the difficulty. And the best part? We do not climb the mountain alone: God is by our side each step of the way, a constant companion, encouragement and source of strength as we persevere.

God - thank you for the victory that you bought for us on the cross. Thank you that our process is never in vain. Thank you for the process you are walking me through right now. I pray that you would give me the courage, perseverance and strength to keep climbing up the mountain and that you would shift my perspective: instill the hope of your promise in me today. I love you. Amen.