Monday, October 01, 2007

Fools Rush In

I'm a fixer. If something's wrong, particularly in a relationship of some sort, I want to rush right in and fix it. Good intentions, right?

The problem is that good intentions can't solve every relational struggle. And I don't know how to fix every relationship. While I may have the best of motives at heart, I don't always have the wisdom to bring about healing, and that's very frustrating to me.

The good news is that it's not my job to fix everything. Jesus is the Great Physician, the Divine Healer, and He alone knows what's needed in every particular relationship and situation. Rather than me jumping in and trying to fix things (which often makes an even bigger mess), I need to leave the fixing to Him.

He may call me to some sort of action in regards to the situation--in some cases, I may need to approach the other person and apologize. In other cases, He may need to work on my heart first before the time is right to bring healing to the relationship. Or He may be working on the other person's heart to make them receptive to restoring the friendship.

I'll be the first to admit that getting out of Jesus' way and trusting His timing is not always a piece of cake for me. And yet He has never failed me. When I do wait on Him (and sometimes it's a loooooooooong wait), the end result is always better than what I would have settled for. I need to keep reminding myself of that right now, because I've been tempted to try to play Ms. Fix-It with a particular friendship. He knows what's best for us, and He will bring about what's best if I wait on Him, patiently and expectantly.

2 comments:

That Girl said...

"Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord"

Snapshot said...

Woman are typically "fixers". I'm just so glad Jesus is patient with us, even when we aren't patient with him.