I recently had a client voice frustration with the pace of their spiritual transformation. They came to spiritual direction hoping to get help with a specific issue, and God has taken them on a series of long walks down other trails.
Here's the beauty: when we surrender to God and follow His invitations to healing (instead of carving our own short cut), He brings us to the barriers we weren't even aware we had. Often, we can't deal with the obvious problems until some of the smaller stumbling blocks are out of the way.
It's a slow journey. It can be long. But God knows how much time we have and is willing to take the long road if that is what will bring true change. He is in the business of transformation, and has been for a long time. Trust His pace.