Some doctors wait to treat an ailment when the pain becomes so severe the patient can’t tolerate it anymore. If a patient comes in knowing something’s wrong but can carry out their normal activities of daily living, sleep uninterrupted they’re told to come back when they can’t bear the discomfort any more. The tests prove there’s a problem but sometimes that’s not enough. Some doctors choose no treatment until the pain literally changes a person’s life.
You would think the opposite would be true. You go to a professional because you know something’s not right and you want something done to prevent the problem from disrupting your normal life and leave frustrated because you’re told your pain – your inability to function – is what will bring relief. “Come back when you can’t stand it anymore.” Wait. Isn’t that what we’re trying to avoid?
Some doctors want to jump right in and fix a problem before it gets to the point of altering our lives and we’re hesitant to move forward. We talk ourselves into living with it. “It’s not that bad; I’ve had it this long, I can stand it until, well, I can’t stand it anymore”, and we leave in the same condition we came in.
We deal with something as long as we can then we ask for help (from God, friends, etc), sometimes wanting someone (or something) to relinquish us from what we know is going to happen – yet we find ourselves, sometimes for years, dealing with the same thing, day after day, year after year and nothing changes. It’s manageable; it’s not perfect but it hasn’t killed me…yet. So we muddle on sometimes grabbing for spontaneous relief for the moment until the next time…and the next…
Do things have to be ‘that bad’ before we deal with them? No. More often than not, we try everything (and everyone) leaving God as our last resort. Need produces necessary action; that alone is often the “why” of why it’s happening.
Is ‘it’ bad enough yet? Are you sick of the pain, frustration, depression, inaction, nothing ever changing? Situations beg the question – “is it bad enough to turn to God”? Like doctors, sometimes He allows us to get to that unbearable place of no relief before we turn to him. Why? Because He knows sometimes we’ll only look to Him when our feet are inches from the cliff. We can submit any time – way sooner than we do – and relinquish our pain and burden to Him. Is it bad enough yet to give it to God? It doesn’t have to be. Let’s do it. Now.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28