Healing in progress

“There’s another one!” my friend exclaimed as we passed a small metal sign that read: “Healing in progress; stay on trail.” We were hiking in Arizona, and the sign was a reminder to be aware of the fragile desert ecosystem. 

To me this sign served as a metaphor to remember that each and every prayer is heard by God and is answered—but that we must stay on the trail of deepening our spiritual understanding and growth to let healing happen. This can be challenging when we’re praying about something that, on the surface, doesn’t seem to be changing.

I know. I have experienced this myself. One day, a few months following this hike, I found myself in tears over an annual performance review at work. I felt I had devoted countless hours of time and energy to this job with very little to show for it. I knew in my heart it was time to move on. I updated my résumé and began applying for other jobs. At the same time, I delved even more deeply into the work I was already doing—but more out of self-righteousness than out of any spiritual understanding. I wanted to prove to the company that I was a valuable employee so that when I left, my employer would feel the loss acutely.   

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