In God’s Word it says that the truth will set you free. It also says that the devil has come to steal, kill, and to destroy. Everyday I see so many people embracing whatever the enemy is throwing their way instead of embracing the truth that God is throwing our way. I see so much hopelessness in the lives of those who are facing situations that cannot be fixed, or restored, back to what it once was.
Sometimes the lies look like the truth, and the truth is hard to embrace; however, the burden of The Lord is easy.
Just today I was reminded that we don’t need to beg The Lord to love us, spend time with us, or make us a priority. We truly are never alone, and God will always love us. But then I had to ask myself; is that enough to help me move past the pain of the lies? Is that enough to help me to move past the pain of the “unfixable?” Is it enough for me to move past the pain of the lies that other people are believing, too?
As I am going to college, I am being stretched to approach problems a different way. Instead of trying to fix circumstances, we are taught to focus on finding a solution to the problem. This is so difficult for me, and I started to question my ability to be a decent therapist or social worker in the future. Even though it’s difficult I am beginning to see the reason behind this method, and it’s simply because nobody can “fix” our problems.
If someone were to come to me for therapy to help them through their grief because their loved one died, in order to fix their problem I would need to be able to bring their loved one back to life. Now, I am not going to get into the debate on whether or not I can bring someone back to life. I believe in the power of The Holy Spirit and this topic is something I would like to focus on in another post, just not here.
But think about it, how many times do people come to us wanting to fix some of the most impossible things, and how many times do we feel helpless because we just can’t fix it for them?
I’ve been through these types of moments, a lot. When my husband was diagnosed with a rare disease called achalasia, I had to come to the realization that the only person that could heal my husband’s achalasia was Jesus. There is no cure for achalasia, and there is no amount of money or effort that can make my husband better. But there is always prayer.
Just last year I was faced with this reality again when something happened that I couldn’t “fix” and I was really tempted to just wallow in the “WHY” of it all, and just spend my time wishing it had never happened. I wanted to talk to my friends about it and have them make me stop feeling so helpless and depressed, but I realized none of my friends could fix my situation.
In both instances I have had to come to the point of focusing on the solution, or just focus on living my life to the best of my ability. It amazes me so much that God can give life in some of the most terrible, gut wrenching experiences.
My husband is still not healed completely even though I pray everyday that he is, but I have come to a place of acceptance where I am not focused on the pain of this chronic illness with no cure. Instead, I am living life in prayer and enjoying the life that we get to live together.
Focusing on Jesus has helped our family find healing from an event that will never be “ok.” We have learned to embrace a time in our life where we realize that everything we do will leave a legacy. In this event our small world became enlarged; and my view of “Who God Is” outgrew the box that I had placed Him in.
As much as we want to “fix” the world, sometimes the pain of this world helps us to break free from our pride and the box we put God in so that we can cling to a false sense of security. Sometimes, I want to put God in a box so that I can hopefully “fix” everything, and maybe even fit in with everyone else.
That’s what we’ve learned to do, but often times these painful “unfixable” moments in our life make us realize all too quickly how fragile the box is that we are standing in. It reminds me of the scripture the warns us against building our house on sand instead of God’s Word!
The truth is, our relationship with God will never be one that doesn’t include storms, accidents, mistakes, or a whole lot of pain and hurt.
But instead of feeling like we need to fix everything we can embrace the idea of finding a solution to the problem. It may never look the way it used to, but we can somehow find a purpose in almost every situation we find ourselves in.
The solution to the problem may never lead to restoration; however, it will always lead to redemption because of Jesus!
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