You've seen one of these contraptions, right? You press the button and it says, "That was easy."
I was thinking today how nice it would be to have an easy button for any event or circumstance in my life. Simply press the button and it's done. Not only done, but done with very little effort or hard work on my part.
Unfortunately, over the years, I've learned life does not work that way. Not. At. All.
Most things, if done well and done correctly, are not easy. As a matter of fact, they're just the opposite. They're downright hard.
It seems as if our family is entering the first "hard" phase of the adoption process. The task of raising the necessary funds to be able to adopt.
We are planning our first fundraiser--a yard sale slated for next month. With all the logistics, collections, and planning to be taken care of in such a short time, I find myself wishing for an easy button. Like yesterday. And boy, would I be pressing the mess out of it right now!
Last week I had an impromptu conversation with my friend concerning our present status with the adoption and I said to her, "I wish we had been more frugal in the past, saved a ton of money and had all we needed set aside to fund this adoption. Or I wish someone really wealthy and generous would just write a check to fund the whole thing. In either scenario, we could just be done with it."
My wise friend's response, "But that would have been too easy." She was right. And I knew it.
It's in and through the very difficult, very hard circumstances in our lives where our faith has the chance to grow. It's also where God works. If we were capable of starting and completing this whole endeavor ourselves, then it would wind up being all about us and our abilities. But because we can't, it's all about God and His power to do the impossible. It's also about allowing others to participate in the process.
Faith doesn't come easy either.
My hunch is it wasn't too easy for Noah to continue to build the ark in the midst of constant ridicule and lack of knowledge. But as Noah persisted in the hard work, his faith grew and he went down in history as a man who obeyed God, all because of his faith.
It also wasn't easy for Moses to keep the faith when he had to face Pharaoh and tell him to let God's people go. But he trusted God even when returning to Egypt was extremely hard.
It couldn't have been easy for David to believe being king would actually happen, even after being anointed by Samuel. But David kept the faith and trusted even when the waiting was long and hard.
I'm sure these three biblical heroes would have loved an easy button. Press and be done with it.
Easy buttons don't exist now and they certainly didn't back then.
And just like these three biblical heroes, sometimes it isn't easy for us to believe God can and will fulfill his seemingly impossible promises either, but we must trust Him. We must believe. We must have faith. When it's hard. Especially when it's hard.
"I am the LORD, the God of all mankind.
Is anything too hard for me?"
"Ah Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm.
Nothing is too hard for you." Jeremiah 32:27;17
What a relief to know the One I love, the One I trust, the One I follow doesn't need an easy button anyway.
Nothing is too hard for Him. Absolutely nothing.