The Rabbit That Stayed in the Hat

7 Jul

We can do so many things instantaneously these days. If you don’t feel like going through the trouble of measuring cups of water and preparing the coffee machine, you could always just add a tablespoon of instant coffee to some boiled water and you’ll have a hot cup of joe in no time. Are you hungry and craving some pizza? Well there’s no need for you to make the dough and pizza sauce, just pop a frozen pizza in the oven for about 20 minutes and your craving will disappear with every square inch of golden cheese. Feel like kicking back and watching a movie tonight? Well you don’t even have to leave your home, you can have a service like NetFlix deliver the movie to you and…  I think you get the drift.

My point is that we expect everything to happen quickly and easily. We’ve become impatient, we’ve lost the sense of working for something that takes a while to get.

So many people out there are looking for that magic formula that leads to happiness, no matter what religion or sect they’re part of. Whether you’re a Christian or a Hindu, you always try to find that great combination, that wonderful formula that makes you magically strive in your spiritual journeys. I’m saying this because I’ve experienced it myself, and we learn from our mistakes.

I mostly thought before that if I read the bible and pray daily and earnestly seek Him that all will go well. I thought that it was like magic, like that famous trick of the rabbit jumping out of the normal-looking top-hat. It’s supposed to be quick like instant coffee. We’re supposed to be changed quickly and never look back. Right?

Not exactly.

Things like reading the bible and praying daily and talking to Christian friends are great ways for you to strive in your spiritual walk with Christ, and there is truly no other way to have joy in life, so I can’t say that it’s not a magic formula. It actually is a magic formula, but this magic takes a little while longer than normal magic. The rabbit doesn’t quickly jump out of the hat. It stays in there. And just like that rabbit, we don’t become perfect Christians immediately after we’re saved. We’re not running an “Instant Perfect Christian” business here (although a business like that would make a heck of a lot of profit). The path of righteousness is long and sin in you and out in the world want you to turn back because the road is too long, but give it time. Work at it every day. If pain finds you, the only negative response would be to look back. You’ll learn from the pain and trials you meet, and by the grace of God, you’ll learn that the glory you’re pursuing is worth the pain and labor of the pursuit. Things worth having never come easy.

“When worn, distracted with the fight; you Captain gives you conquering might when looking up.”

Romans 8:18 “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

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