God Never Guaranteed An Easy Fix
We all want things to be an easy fix. To quickly identify the problem and find the simple one step solution. To tie a pretty red bow, pack the issue away, and put it back on the shelf with all the other things we have “fixed” over the years. The problem is life isn’t usually like that and problems or issues usually require more than a one step solution. Often times, problems are never totally solved. The same issues, illnesses, battles, and stumbling blocks keep creeping back into our lives no matter how much we try to shut them away and say “No, I already dealt with this." It might be months or even years later when something from our past needs our attention yet again.
I’ve battled a chronic illness since the young age of sixteen and no matter how many times I feel like I have it handled, controlled, or wrapped up with that pretty bow, something changes and needs to be readdressed.
In these moments, it’s hard not to feel like you’re slipping backward, covering ground you’ve already trudged through before (maybe more than once). Some moments feel like all the progress you’ve made, the work you have put in, and solutions you have found are all just slipping through your fingers.
It’s also in these moments, I think about what God has to say about our problems. He never guaranteed an easy fix (wouldn’t that be nice). But He did guarantee that “These light and momentary troubles are creating an eternal glory that will last forever,” and that “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you."
I know it doesn’t feel light and it doesn’t feel momentary, but these problems, these struggles are preparing us from an eternal glory with Christ that will last forever. And He is with us every step of the way. As we look to Him, our weakness and struggles are transformed as He whispers the promise, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
So maybe our struggles and problems can be made beautiful if we let Jesus tie the bow, over and over again. If we come to Him with all of our struggles, and over and over again lay them at the foot of the cross. Maybe just maybe that one battle you continue to face (you know the one I’m talking about) is not meant to be an “easy fix”, but meant to turn us back to Christ and His grace as we wait for that eternal glory.
The moment we think WE have it all figured out, all beautifully wrapped, placed back on the finished problems shelf all by ourselves, is just when we need to turn back and surrender it to Jesus. Relying on Him to get you through this, even if it’s not an easy fix.