May 25, 2010

Can I Get the 'Quick Fix' Please?

When we happen to be experiencing: 

Broken relationships,
Wayward children,
Family discord,
Major debt,
Body image issues,
Marital problems,
Health issues,
or Consequences from some of the above,
We want fast relief!

Wouldn't it be great if we could just drive up to the PAIN FREE EXPRESS
and order a 'Quick Fix'?
Saying something like, "I will take...
One, 'Make it ALL go away'.                                                               
One, 'Straighten THEM up'.
One 'MAKE ME healthy'.
One 'UNDO the past'                                                     
One 'MAKE THEM see the light'.                                                                                            
One 'STOP the pain'.
One 'CURE them'.
One 'REUNITE us'.
One 'RESTORE them to life'.
Even, one 'MAKE them  love me'.

"And can I get that Super Sized please?"
"To go?"

Don't believe it. 
There is not an actual 'drive-thru' for these sort of get-better-schemes.
There are no healthy, long lasting, painless 'quick fixes'.
But, there will be some options deceitfully promising relief.

These so called 'fixes' will appear on life's menu as:

material things,
or denying/running away- mentally or physically.

We will be disappointed in the end if we think these are real solutions.

Being the humans we are, we often dismiss the unhealthy nature of what is offered.
(See the similarities in the above lists)
We disregard the warning of the side effects.
(Be it addictions or broken relationships etc)
Either by ignoring it completely,
Focusing only on the benefits,
(Instant gratification) 
Or exempting 'us' completely from any possible risks.
(It won't happen to me)

We willing ignore the 'cautions' in lieu of immediate pain relief.
Only to find out that our choice has compounded the need for another 'Quick Fix' in the future.

Some things in life, like healing, (either from self-inflicted choices or ones imposed upon us), just take time and work.
Sometimes a lot of time and work!

To think of it taking time, of not being quickly removed,
is enough to do some of us in.
At least it feels that way.
And 'how can I work on it we ask?'
When I can barely get through each day?

We may have heard that God does not give us more than we can handle.
That is true.
But it often feels like that cannot possibly be true.
What we may not understand is that it means with His help.
He will not give us more than we can handle with His help.

It is when we try to do it alone that we feel alone.

When symptoms of discomfort continue, or pain increases we are directed to call the physician.
We are promised help and comfort to aid us.
Known as The Physician,

One of the numbers He can be reached at is, Matthew 7:7-8 with the message, "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened."

We are promised relief for the asking,
But all these things-to ask, seek and knock- take action on our part.
We have to put it in motion.

The 'Quick Fix' comes in immediately being able to ask for help.

The solution comes in accepting and following the help offered.

"Decisions based on behaviors that don't necessarily make life easier are the ones that most ennoble us."~Dr. Laura Schelessinger

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