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Thankfully, God did not design the sun like a light switch – a sudden burst of blinding light. The sun rises slowly and gives us plenty of time to adjust to its penetrating glow. And our path of growth and enlightenment tends to work in a similar way.

Of course, there are times in which we’re simply ready to arrive. We know there’s more available, or, perhaps, we’re just ready for things to be different. And if we had our way we would be tempted to jump right into this new.

But like turning on a light after being in the dark – the brightness of this new revelation can be so overwhelming it sends us running back to the comforts of what’s dark and familiar.

The sun rising slowly gives us the grace and patience to adjust to the new we are entering into. And this prepares us to receive the fullness of its noonday glory.

As such, there’s no need to rush ahead or feel the pressure of having everything figured out today.

For instance, the healing journey after profound heartache and grief might seem overwhelming at first. But this is not a journey we have to complete overnight. We allow the sun to rise slowly as we adjust to the new chapters in our story.

Likewise, we might sense God has called us to do great things with our life, but presently our vision is very dim. Even here we don’t have to figure everything out today. The sun rises slowly and our vision becomes clearer as we continue to press forward.

Whatever it looks like, while God occasionally provides Damascus road type experiences, more often than not it seems our healing and growth happens along the slower more gradual paths of life.

Don’t rush the journey. The sun rises slowly to allow you time to fully receive all the good God has for you.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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