Scroll through the titles of your latest blog feed. Glance over the articles of your closest magazine stand. I bet you that there are at LEAST a few that have some sort of a number in them. “7 Steps to Bust Belly Fat.” “5 Things To Do To Raise A Well-Rounded Child.” “10 Things Rich People Do With Their Money.” And the list goes on and on. In our fast-food, instant-messaging, microwaveable society, we want things and we want them now. We want an easy step-by-step instruction on how to get what we want. If you will just tell me A, B, and C and I will do it.
But, the world doesn’t work like that. Life isn’t a math problem (I know a part of my high school math teacher just cried!). Things that work for some, don’t always work for others. We don’t have hard and fast rules that apply to “doing life.” Wouldn’t it be nice if we did though?
“If you drink a cup of orange juice every day, you will never get sick.”
“If you always go the speed limit, you will never get in a car accident.”
“If you pray to God everyday, nothing bad will ever happen.”
Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that, even though we want it to sooo badly. No one has invented a magic pill or easy button.
The other night, my husband and I are watching a movie called “Saint Ralph”. It was a very cute movie about a mischievous young boy, Ralph, who wants a miracle to wake his mom up from a coma. Ralph attends a private Catholic school where he is always getting in to trouble, which lands him a mandatory spot on the cross country team to “get rid of his energy.” One day the coach mentions something about the Boston Marathon and Ralph asks if anyone on the team could win it. The coach replies that would require a miracle – and here starts Ralph’s quest. His religion teacher tells Ralph that you need 3 things to get a miracle…
Ralph is now on a determined quest. He decides to train to win the Boston Marathon. Everyone thinks he is crazy, but he is hell-bent on winning. He runs and runs and runs and thinks that if he can win, God will wake up his mom. In the end, to everyone’s surprise, Ralph comes in 2nd at the Marathon and his mom wakes up. Ta-Dah!
I know that this is only a movie, but yikes, what is it putting into people’s heads? Is our relationship with God only based on what He can do for us? We try and try to get everything just perfect (which, by the way, we never will) and God will give us what we ask for?
If we have enough faith…
If we pray to Him in just the right way with the right words…
If we do absolutely nothing wrong….
God will heal our illness, give us money, fix our car, pay our rent, calm the storm, whatever miracle you are looking for, He will do it because we followed the 3 steps to get a miracle.
I’m sorry, but to me that is so sad and so far from the truth! I 100% believe in miracles and 100% believe in healing, but I can’t think of one example of when Jesus and the apostles went around healing people that they asked if the people had prayed properly or if they were pure and free of sin. I think it was the exact opposite. Jesus told people that their sins were forgiven. He knew that those people weren’t perfect, but he told them it was okay and God loved them anyway.
Some people Jesus healed by touching, others by speaking to them, others by spitting on them, others by telling them to go into a pool, and still others were healed by touching his robe. There isn’t two healing that looked the same.
God provides miracles in spite of our failures and shortcomings. There is nothing that we can do that will make Him love us more or less. Yes, God loves it when we pray. Yes, He loves it when we try our best to be obedient, but these are not requirements we have to meet in order for Him to bless us.
God heals because He loves us, not the other way around.
God is the ultimate giver. He is the ultimate healer and there is nothing that we can DO to deserve a miracle. There isn’t a formula that will get us what we want from God. There isn’t an instruction manual…well I take that back…we do have the Bible as a reference guide, but it is not a step-by-step booklet.
Trust me, if there was a chapter titled “3 Easy Steps to Get a Miracle” my husband would be walking right now. I would be reading that chapter over and over until I had it memorized.
But instead, we need to learn to love and listen to God. To be in tune with what He has for us each day and each moment. If He tells us our sins are forgiven, forgive yourself. If He tells us to go dance around the living room to make your headache go away, go shake your booty! If He tells us not today, try again tomorrow. And when He says He loves you, believe Him.
We may not always get what we want, when we want it, but we always have access to His unfailing love for us.