By Hannah Puckett
Every Friday at the start of our “Leadership, Vocation and Society” class, Dr. Irwyn Ince plays
us a song. It has been one of my favorite moments each week—a chance to calm our hearts and minds and enter into what God has in store for class that day. One morning back in October, Dr. Ince shared with us, “He Has Time” by Common Hymnal. One line in particular struck me and I quickly scribbled it into my notebook:
“He’s not in a rush, He has time for your healing."
I have listened to this song on repeat in the months following, however the weight of these words has only just begun to sink in. The last four months in Fellows have challenged me to acknowledge and sit with my brokenness, blind spots, and the parts of my story that still need healing. My natural tendency in all of these areas is to identify a quick-fix solution so that I can embark on a DIY journey of “sanctifying myself.”
This has led to a lot of frustration when inevitably I continue to fall short again and again. Why hasn’t God changed me already? I feel like I am putting in the work yet why am I still struggling with the same sin, brokenness, and insecurities? In his book, You’re Only Human, author Kelly Kapic seeks to answer these questions. He writes: “We tend to associate God’s good work with finished products,” but “might it be true that, although He clearly does not enjoy our sin, God values the process of our growth and the work involved in it, and not just the final product?” (pg. 145-146).
Sanctification, being increasingly transformed into the likeness of Christ, is not a DIY project
nor is it quick. It is an ongoing process and God is not in a hurry. I am learning that in the
process of sanctification, He wants my complete and utter dependency and trust. I can rest in knowing that nothing can separate me from God’s love (Rom. 8:38). He has given me His Spirit who invites me into active passivity as I yield with open hands to the work that He is doing in my heart. I can rest in the promise that “He who began a good work in [me] will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:6).
Other songs that have been an encouragement to me this semester:
“More Like Jesus” by One Voice INT Music feat. Canaan Baca
“Not in a Hurry” by United Pursuit
“Come and Tear Down the Walls” by Common Hymnal
Hannah Puckett is a member of the Capital Fellows class of 2023-24. She is from Williamsburg, VA, and is a graduate of Washington & Lee University. This year, she is working as an intern at The Market Project.
Pictures From The Week
Caroline showing off her snowman ornament at Live Nativity!
Fellows' Christmas party at Grace's host family's house.
White Elephant book exchange for last commons of the year.
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