When they were small, my children would often break their toys. When I would come home from work, I would find them at the door with their broken toy in hand asking me to “fix it.” I was handy about fixing things, and they had come to expect their daddy would fix anything. Since I could almost always fix the broken toys, they came to believe that all they had to do was give it to me, and it would be better. The key, of course, was they had to give it to me. I couldn’t fix the toy until they released it to me. As long as they held it in their hands, I was limited as to what I could do. They also could not tell me how to fix it, because they did not understand how the toys worked. They had to completely release the toy to me and trust me to fix it my way.
Too often, we call on God to “fix it,” but we don’t completely release the problem to Him. Sometimes we even want to tell Him how to “fix it” (as if our way is better!). As long as we hold onto the problem, we limit God in “fixing it.” I love my children very much and it was my pleasure to fix their toys. I loved seeing the smile on their faces when I gave it back to them, fixed and ready to use. Our Heavenly Father loves us even more. It gives Him great pleasure to “fix” our problems. What we have to learn is to give them over to Him completely and not tell Him how to fix them. When we learn to do this, we can expect a peace that comes with knowing He is faithful to His promises.
Q: What is it in your life right now that you need God to fix? What do you think is keeping you from trusting Him to do it?