“Fix it Jesus”
I bet we’ve all said it before. I know that there are some things that just don’t need to be a thing…(these are totally my personal list. Do not be offended by these. They are not personal to anyone. These are simply things I think don’t need to be a thing.
-lower back tattoos
-those videos of people popping zits or picking scabs
-having to work so hard to lose weight
Can we all just agree that the zit videos have to go?
We all have things in our life that we just can’t deal with. We don’t want to deal with. Things that are disturbing, frustrating, gross, etc. This saying has become quite popular in recent times and I caught myself saying it the night before last as my oldest daughter was dealing with a tummy bug. She had puked a couple of times and then continued to be ill in the other way for hours. I laid there after she had settled back in on the couch and just prayed, “fix it Jesus”. I didn’t have to explain myself to the Lord. He knew I was praying that my girl would wrap up the tummy bug quickly and get back to herself. Just “fix it Jesus”.
There are things we deal with or struggle with that we just don’t have the energy to unload all the details, we just need(want) Jesus to fix it.
Here’s the deal. That statement is a bit vague and slightly silly. I wasn’t walking around Cook Children’s Medical Center praying “fix it Jesus”… as I walked through the last day of Noah’s life I wasn’t praying those words like that, in that kind of flippant humor… I was truly begging God for another way, for him to come in and save the day, make it right, heal and make it ok. I get that there are things in our life that are serious, hard and dark. We truly want and need him to fix it and we mean it.
5 years later I can step back and see exactly where he did come in and save the day. He ushered Noah from life, to more life. He made a way and even though it wasn’t my first choice, I can see how he did, indeed, fix it.
So at 3 am the other morning I was laying there, kind of laughing, but truly asking Jesus to “fix it”, for my girl. I knew it would have to run it’s course, but as I was in this dialogue with God I realized…
He fixes it. Here’s the deal…
We have to fix our eyes.
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 [a]fixing our eyes on Jesus, the [b]author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary [c]and lose heart.
A Father’s Discipline
4 You have not yet resisted [d]to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; 5 and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons,
“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
Nor faint when you are reproved by Him;
6 For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines,
And He scourges every son whom He receives.”
7 It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8 But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we had [e]earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of [f]spirits, and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. 11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
12 Therefore, [g]strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.
So we’ve been potty training Ana for few weeks and her biggest hang up seems to be her taking off and putting back on her panties/pants. She just cries and whines and begs us to do it for her. At home, we are really trying to work with her on this (obviously in public you just get to a bathroom and help her as quickly as you can, am I right?! ). So when she begins to whine and beg us to help her with them, we gently (sometimes not so gently) remind her that she can do it, she knows how, and she needs to TRY. She gets so frustrated, but once she has accomplished it, she is so happy with herself and she immediately perks up and is fine.
Sometimes I feel like I am that way with God and things that are in my life that I struggle with, fight him on, etc. I’m whining out “fix it Jesus”…
fix my weight
fix my bad habits
fix my job
fix that person
fix that church
fix fix fix
Am I right? Fix. It. Jesus. But, what if, in all of his wisdom, Jesus is telling us, “I’ve given you what you need, you do it”. When we tell Ana that she is capable of pulling up her own underpants and shorts…we’re not trying to be mean, bully her or taunt her..we aren’t failing her because we don’t pull them up for her every time. We love her and we are training her because we don’t want her going to kindergarten needing help pulling up her pants. Right?
I understand that there are things, heavy things, that Jesus doesn’t “fix” in the way we think he should. There are things he certainly fixes and we are glad for it. There are also things in our life, that maybe, just maybe, he is disciplining us to “fix our eyes”.
We cry out, fix it Jesus, and he’s saying, fix your eyes.
Fix our eyes on Jesus. We won’t always get the easy fix, the easy way out, the simple answer or the comfortable situation. We may be called to endure. He might be telling us as a daddy, “you are capable.” “you are able” “you are equipped” He is not ignoring us, avoiding us, not answering us. He is disciplining us. As any loving father would. He knows what is best for us, he knows that struggle, hardship, discipline, long suffering is for OUR GOOD. IT IS THE FIX. The discipline we receive, brings life. Learning, growing, and pushing through can be his answer to our “fix it Jesus” moments.
We don’t like it, though. It’s hard. But what if, perhaps, some of these instances in our life bring about the opportunity to press in and be disciplined by our loving Father?
When we realize that when we fix our eyes on Christ, that is the fix. That is the answer. When we fix our eyes on him, we find the answer to every problem, the solution to every circumstance, and we find LIFE. vs 11 “no discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”
Righteousness and peace.
May you find Him…not just get the end result you’re wanting… because having Him is far more than having stuff he can provide. The process of seeking him, finding him and knowing him is the journey, it is a process, but it is worth it. It will always be worth it.
When we fix our eyes, we’re eyeing the fix.
#findingtheheart is realizing that his discipline for us, is his good for us. It is his love.