God and Sexual Assault

Are We There Yet?

Patience with the process.

Do you remember when you were a kid driving somewhere with adults and it seemed like you were never going to get there? Or maybe you have kids and experienced this with them as well. “Are we there yet?”

I have friends who would tell their kids “20 more minutes!” no matter how far away they were. The ever-common phrase, “Are we there yet?” still seems to apply as an adult.

The other day in my counseling session I asked my counselor if it will finally all be dealt with, and healing will happen from all the trauma. I have processed a lot, but there is still plenty to go, all while navigating working again.

Add to it the stress of the cost of therapy and I kind of want to be done right now. I have been at this over 14 years and I never imagined it would take this long – or longer, and how incredibly hard and painful it would be.

Granted, you can’t heal over 16 years of abuse overnight, so I need to be patient, However, my counselor said, “You feel like, ‘Are we there yet?’”

I said, “Yes!!! That’s exactly my feelings!”

What I need to realize is that healing is a long process and the need to allow for organicity in it and everyday life is needed.

It brings me back the vision I’ve talked about:

2 Corinthians 4:17

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”

The longing to be completely healed is similar to the longing for heaven where all will be new and perfect. A longing I think is healthy and good because it helps us not get too comfortable here. Our security is ultimately with Jesus and our forever with Him, so as we consider that, remember that healing will come.

Just keep taking one step at a time and one day you’ll look back and see how far you’ve come – or you’ll be completely healed in heaven and rejoicing forever!

Stay strong and well my friends. You will get there, but it will be more than 20 more minutes. 😊

© 2022 Susan M. Clabaugh.

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