Quick fixes to difficult problems are in vogue. Lottery advertising exemplifies society's commitment to a quick fix. Against all odds, a massive personal payday could be the solution to many problems – a wining lottery ticket, a winning lawsuit or a major insurance payout. I, too, find myself attracted to the idea of a quick fix.

Medically, this same mindset expresses itself in the phrase, "cure me". The French philosopher, Rene Dubois, once said that "Mankind would much prefer a good cure than to do the more difficult task of living wisely". Obviously, not all medical problems are the result of foolish habits. Yet the pull for a quick fix – a medical cure, is strong.

Spiritually, when I get into the "I want to rid my life of all problems" mindset, I begin to long for a miracle. Yet this mindset reveals who I really am. . . ..a selfish individual. My spiritual life is not based on me, but on God. God's desire to grow a deeper, stronger faith in me often involves trials. Yet I so often pray for a miracle instead of insight, patience, or the grace of God. Do I really believe in and welcome God's process? I become like the Pharisees who flippantly tested Jesus asking for a miraculous sign. Jesus answers,

"A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign!" (Matthew 12:39)

Is my desire for a miracle greater than my longing for a deeper faith and trust in God?


Sharing the journey with you,

Bob Snyder