“It’s so hard for many of us to encounter things we can’t fix. That’s the trouble with living in a broken world. There is so much that we simply can’t fix–in ourselves, in others, in the world. The problems are simply too vast and our solutions are, at best, half-vast. Welcome to God’s world. But note how God seems to relate to these vast problems. God’s response seems to be to come along side those who are suffering and hold their pain, not eliminate it. Perhaps there’s a lesson in that for fixers. Perhaps it’s an invitation to stand with God in holding things that we can’t fix. But, this is where the real miracle enters this process–in that holding we become shaped in the image of Compassion. Maybe that’s the ultimate point of the encounter with unfixable realities.” David Benner
“I have come to hate that word, because to cope with something you have to separate yourself from it. You make it your antagonist, your enemy. Like management, coping is a taming word, sometimes even a warfare word. Wild, untamed emotions are full of life-spirit, vibrant with the energy of being. They don’t have to be acted out, but neither do they need to be tamed. They are part of our inner wilderness; they can be just what they are. God save me from coping. God help me join, not separate. Help me be with and in, not apart from. Show me the way to savoring, not controlling. Dear God, hear my prayer: make me forever copeless.” Gerald May
“Who is weak without my feeling that weakness?
Who is led astray, and I do not burn with anger?”
2 Corinthians 11:29
Moving From the Head to the Heart
- Think for a moment about all you can’t fix in your world. What emotions arise?
- Think about God as you understand God. In what sense is God a fixer or not a fixer?
- What is the problem with “coping” and “fixing?”
Abba, may I not be deterred from loving well because I insist of fixing what can’t be, or shouldn’t be, fixed.
For More: The Wisdom of Wilderness by Gerald May
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Benner, David. “Holding Rather Than Fixing.” His Facebook post from September 27, 2017.
May, Gerald G.. The Wisdom of Wilderness: Experiencing the Healing Power of Nature . HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.
Thank you, dear Bill, for this post. I often want to fix everything, but I know that God has been helping me learn to live with brokenness, which is what our reality in this life is. Joan
I think almost everyone will be able to relate to this topic. Important stuff, since loving well is at stake. Thanks Joan.