Tonight I was taking care of my little girls while Mom and a friend went out to a movie. It was fun to wrestle, play with trains, read books, and do ballerina dances. One of the girls battery powered trains (Percy from Thomas the Tank Engine
fame). Kayla, my oldest, came running to me to see if I could fix Percy for them. Well, it wasn't a lot to do, but I told them that "Daddy will fix it." To this short promise, my 4 year old darted off into the other room exclaiming "Daddy fix it, Daddy fix it, Daddy fix it!"
Such trust, such jubilation gave me a serious pause. My first thought was a bit hopeless. I thought of all the crap in the world, all the pain, all the disappointment, all the sin, all the things people do to each other and I thought...I can't fix it. I just can't. I admit I was in a bit of a melancholy mood coming off a tiring two weeks of ministry and longing for some rest. But then it hit me. I can't fix everything...But Daddy can fix it.
18For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Though this present age is filled with pain...Daddy will fix it. This is our hope. That this world, that this life, that my own broken and sinful soul is being and will be redeemed. Daddy will fix all things. I need the trust of my four year old. I need the trust; I also need the joy.
Oh Father, grant us the eyes of faith to know that you will fix all things. Give us the blessed hope of the coming of your complete rule and reign so that joy will overflow to you with thanksgiving. Yes, Daddy, fix it...