What do you do if something goes wrong? Or if things aren’t going the way you hoped Are you one of the “fixit” brigade?
The fixit brigade are the great many people whose first inclination is to DO something If things aren’t quite right – then we need to act.
In the right circumstances that can be really good. If you have a hole in the roof and the water is pouring in, then doing something is a good idea But it isn’t always good to be part of the fixit brigade. Sometimes the situation isn’t a problem to be fixed, but it is just something that isn’t quite right.
A friend of mine was going through a really difficult health time some years back and the hard time was – as is often the case with health issues – as emotional as it was physical. She was part of an active church, with an active pastoral care team. And for the entire time she was unwell, a casserole would appear on her doorstep every day.
She came to hate casseroles. And to this day, the taste of certain casseroles brings back memories of a really hard time. And as well meaning as the pastoral care team was its response was of trying to fix a problem.
This person is unwell. She cannot cook for herself or her household. We’ll fix that.
Jesus’ disciples had a sense of frustration about the way things were going. Jesus heals people – and gets into trouble for doing it on the wrong day His disciples tell him that he is the son of God -and he tells them angrily not to say that His own family comes down and tries to remove him from his ministry because they think he is crazy
Things aren’t going as well or as quickly or as effectively as they should be.
The movement of God is just like someone scattering seed and then going off to bed And the seed sprouts, and the farmer doesn’t know how it happened. Or it is like a tiny little seed that gets put in the ground and then it becomes a pretty big shrub, so even birds can nest in it.
It’s OK guys. Chill. The world isn’t really just problems to be fixed.
I have 3 pots of bulbs at home. On the same day, I put soil from the same bag into each I put bulbs of the same type of flower from the same purchased bag into each I put the pots next to each other in the same part of the garden When I water one, I water them all Two of the pots have strong stems shooting through the soil. One does not That third one just might not ever sprout. Or maybe it will – later.
Now as an aside, I wonder how many of you have planned what advice you can give me to fix the problem of that third pot? Are you part of the fixit brigade? If you have ears to hear, then hear
In other parts of my garden, I have passion fruit vines growing where we never planted them and every year we end up with tomato vines growing and God only knows how they got where they are sprouting!
How frustrating for those of us in the fixit brigade to think that the best thing we could do sometimes to advance the movement of God is to take a nap. Actually I quite like that idea
How strange would it have seemed to that pastoral group in my friend’s congregation from all those years ago to think that the comfort of God may have been made more real in that situation by sitting quietly with my friend, even without a casserole in hand.
We are an action oriented people, aren’t we. The heritage of the Uniting Church – which has very much set its culture – is of 3 denominations who were all extremely socially activist The ethos of this congregation is to make a difference. To do stuff that changes lives. Fantastic!
But with what shall we compare the movement of God? It is like someone who got some unused tomatoes left over from their cooking plans
And then threw them randomly out the kitchen window and who ended up having tomatoes for years after that
Or it is like someone who carefully planted mint in their herb garden and then left it alone. And now the mint is everywhere they look.
Or maybe it is like someone who took a snare drum along to a train station just to see what would happen if they started playing a familiar rhythm
If you have ears to hear, then hear…