The Magic Pill

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A young girl I work with was starring at my face one day.  Then she reached up and began rubbing her fingers gently on my cheeks.  She said, “You know, you would be a lot prettier if you didn’t have wrinkles.  There’s wrinkle creams that just take your wrinkles away, you could use that.  My grandmother uses some.”

“And did it get rid of her wrinkles?”  I asked.

“Well, no not yet, but you could use some”.

It made me think of how effective commercials are in convincing people that a pill, a cream, a supplement is going to take all our problems and wrinkles and remove them from our lives.  All we have to do is get the stuff and use it.

Well, I have gotten the stuff and I have used it.  More prescriptions and supplements than I can count in the past 4 years. On my nightstand only are three prescriptions, in my drawer are four and under the sink are more.  I don’t even remember why I don’t take them except they didn’t deliver the relief promised.  Even more bottles have been emptied out so that kids can use the bottles in recycled art projects.

I had high hopes for all of these.  I wanted to believe there was magic pill.  Turns out there isn’t.  At least, not one I have found.

We all want quick fixes don’t we?  We live in a drive through world where food and banking can be done from the comfort of our cars in minutes.

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I’ll have healing, patience, deliverance from this addiction, gentleness, compassion, love and kindness.  Oh yeah, and an order of tender mercy. 

Wait, can I add joy and peace?

And for dessert, I’ll have long-suffering, (I really work with some difficult people).

That’s all for now. 

What? It doesn’t work that way? 

        I want all that God has for me and these are things He has for me, aren’t they?

  Process, are you kidding? 

           I’m in a hurry, just get my order please!

Sometimes healing comes instantly.  I have had that happen, my son has had that happen.  Sometimes it doesn’t.  Sometimes it is a process which involves waiting and trusting and not losing faith.  A pill would be so much easier.  Whatever His reasons, God hasn’t chosen to heal me instantly.  I know He is in this, that He loves me and watches over me and I am daily building my faith and learning to wait with grace.  Oh yeah, a pill would be so much easier.  But in the end, when I get my healing, it won’t be a magic pill that gets the glory, it will be my God, my Healer God.

You are the God that heals me and I praise You.  I am so grateful that You haven’t left me or abandoned me, that You stand by me, watch over me, lead me in the path of healing that is right for me, that You comfort me and lead me to still waters.  How I need You and Your peace during this time.  Help my unbelief when I start to waiver and help me to be an instrument of Your peace to those I come in contact with, In the name of Your precious Son Jesus, I pray.  Amen.


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