If you call yourself a follower of Jesus Christ...you serve a BIG God. Big enough to cure and fix anything with the "snap" of a finger. A person wrecked by depression can go from being closed up in his home, not able to work to being free just like that.
God has usually not chosen to operate that way in my life. He usually has chosen the "slow and steady" route. Honestly, at times it drives me crazy!
My struggles with perfectionism and people pleasing have been a lifelong thing. There have been moments I've had big breakthroughs because of something a friend has shared with me or a word from a counselor, but overall the growth has been slow and steady.
During the times I get frustrated at the lack of dramatic change day to day, I have to remind myself to take a "big picture" look at what God has accomplished over the last 3, 5, or 20 years in my life. As the saying goes, we often can't see the forest for the trees.
"We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love."
I hope you'll join me in leaning into the work God is doing each day and remember He's with us through all the ups and downs. It's sometimes in the deepest valleys we can sense Him the closest.