Are You Treating God Like A Fairy Godmother?
– by Michelle Du Toit
“Anyone who meets a testing challenge head-on and manages to stick it out is mighty fortunate. For such person is loyally in love with God, the reward is life and more life.” – James 1:12
Ever wish for Cinderella’s fairy godmother, who sings: “the thingamabob that does the job is – bippity boppity boo”? The simplicity of the magic that fixes all of Cinderella’s woes is appealing. In bad times we treat God like a fairy godmother. Our prayers sound like a spell with “God please fix this; make this happen; give me this; make it easy; change this; change them”. We want Him to “bippity boppity boo” everything so that which is ugly in our lives can be made beautiful. I remember a time when I was particularly low, moaning that life is not fair. One night, watching TV, an Italian mama shouted: “Life is tough. God didn’t promise fair!
To ask for something fair is to ask for something special. No one gets fair – life is not fair.” I can accept that. The Lord spoke from James 1:2, “Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith life is forced out into the open and shows its true colours.” I see the true colours of my faith, what I really believe, being revealed to me and others in times of trouble. Then, not just God, but I know what they look like. “So, don’t try to get out of anything prematurely.” Stop asking for “bippity boppity boo”. “Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” We are called to grow spiritually and to mature, increasing in our ability to reflect the image of Christ in our lives, and give glory to God. Tough times reveal what we believe, they reveal God to us, and they mature our faith. God always has a purpose. But if I continually ask for “bippity boppity boo” in order to be released from this process, then God cannot achieve His purposes in me.
JOY! Magazine (July 2018)