If you follow sports you have probably heard about the Sixers chant, “trust the process.” I personally don’t follow sports, but I overheard my campers chant this during a rigorous game of tennis baseball and I immediately fell in love with it. I said it all week in regards to EVERYTHING. This is a chant we should all use in our lives—especially in the development of strong faith.
Take a moment to identify a current “process” you’re persevering through (it probably takes up 80% of your mental energy and prayer). Your “process” is rooted in a determined will to gain some essential “good.” For the Sixers, it’s a victory in the NBA. For you, it might be a better job or employment status, waiting for God to put the man/woman of your dreams into your life, pushing through college to get your dream job, anything.
Whatever it is, your “process” implies one essential key to your identity and path to sainthood; this desire is given to you from God and working for it serves as a means to your sanctification.
“All the things in this world are of God, created for us, to be the means by which we can come to know him better, love him surely, and serve him more faithfully.” –St. Ignatius of Loyola
Since God is the transcendent mystery behind all humanity, the fulfillment and meaning of our lives, your “process” is simply a specific way for you to understand faith, hope, and God’s ways deeper. God gifts Himself to us by working with the desires of our heart. Then it is how we handle ourselves in our life, in what we do during the “process,” that we gift ourselves back to God and blossom some virtue, merit, and glory in our life. This serves as a pathway to revival and triumph in our identity.
So keep working on your process— it takes continuous effort and faith. The ending might not be what you idealize it to be, but it will be what you need. It will mature you, uplift you, and change you. God knows what He’s doing, trust Him through the process even if it hurts you.
God wants nothing more than to have you close to Him. He’ll do whatever He can to make sure you grow closer to Him. So rejoice if being close to Him results in roadblocks to your dreams, slow victories, a lot of losses in your NBA career, or a broken heart. Keep giving thanks in all circumstances and know that He has so much in store for you.
If you ask God to let you see Himself, His glory, His plan, and His love for you He’ll do it. Maybe it’s through animals, the people you meet, ministry, youth or elders, the job your in, the friends His love is reflected in, and the way He slowly deepens the desires of your heart.
God is unchanging but changing you and lives for you. Your “process” is not the end goal/identity of your life, it is simply the means in which your personal faith journey is understood, recognized, and humbly worked for. It will become the words of your testimony, and the fire that ignites a love for God.
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time.” –1 Peter 5:6-7
In light of my blog, if you’ve read my posts you can see that the way I strive to understand (and awe over) God comes from romantic relationships and the virtue of chastity. The way I want to glorify God and understand His image and likeness is through these two things. In God’s eyes, the desire to experience communion with a husband and children in marriage, and to seek the glory promised in sexual intimacy is so good.
It is the motivation of understanding faith, God, working towards the person God wants me to be, and having that beautiful marriage I long for.
Praying and trusting that God is working in me by way of this “process” shows me what a life can become when it bears fruit, hope, strength, virtue, and reveals to me there is something worth persevering, failing, and succeeding on behalf of.
“They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength, they will soar on eagles’ wings; They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.” -Isaiah 40:31
Trust the process.