This week a friend let me know that the blades on their riding lawn mower were worn out. I quickly volunteered to fix this problem for them and assured my friend it would be done in no time.
I have changed riding lawn mower blades many times and it usually only requires a couple of tools and about 30 minutes. I removed the mower deck and discovered that the nuts holding the blades in place were stuck.
I tried using breaker bars and air impacts to bust the nuts loose, and they would not budge. I heated the nuts up with a torch and finally broke one of the nuts loose, but the other nut remained firmly in place.
After so many attempts to loosen this nut it finally stripped, and I was really in trouble then. It was time to get creative, so I got an old 15/16 open end wrench and welded it to the nut, and finally, it broke loose.
Now I have to order a new nut and what should have taken 30 minutes to fix is going to take a few days.
This situation is a lot like life. When we have problems, we are always looking for the quick fix. We want God to fix us as long as it does not take too long or hurt too bad.
We want to give that one tithe that makes everything better. We want to offer up that one prayer that will cover everything. We want to attend that one service that wins God’s favor for all time.
God does not work that way.
In 1 Timothy 4:15-16 Paul reminds his readers,
15 Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. 16 Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.
A real relationship with God requires that we daily practice His Word and immerse ourselves in Him. A real relationship with God means we keep a close watch on our thoughts, emotions, words and behavior. A real relationship with God means we persist. We do not give up, and if we do not receive an answer or a solution right away, we keep trying, keep learning, keep growing and keep persevering until God gives us His answer or His solution.
Keep practicing. Keep immersing. Keep watching. Keep persevering, while you are working towards a solution, God is working on you.