Life is full of problems, isn’t it?
Sometimes they’re little. Things that irritate or distract us, but aren’t terribly important from the viewpoint of eternity–oversleeping, burning the toast, having to scrape frost off the windshield, bogging down behind slow drivers who’re hogging the fast lane, forgetting one’s wallet.
And that’s just the beginning of the day. The list of other possibilities is endless.
No matter how small those things are, they tend to get us off to a bad start. If we’re realistic, however, we would admit that none of them is apt to change our lives for the worse permanently.
It’s like driving through a patch of fog. We know we’ll soon come to a clear spot and the rest of the fog will eventually burn off and disappear.
Too many people feel like they’re living in a haze rather than simply passing through foggy spots. Whatever they’re enduring seems endless. And hopeless. Whether their problems are financial ones that seem to keep binding them tighter, relationships that make life painful or unbearable, or a persistent physical problem the doctor can’t determine the cause of or treat successfully, those people can’t seem to see beyond the haze surrounding them.
They’re very much like these two Nicaraguan villagers. No matter how far or how fast they peddle, their road is dirt, and peddling through it will always make everything around them appear hazy.
They don’t have the power to change their situation. They can only dream of a ride like this that’s at least a little clearer:
It’s actually the same road, though, and it’s still dirty and dusty. The difference is one of perception.
God views our problems far differently from the way we do. He sees solutions we can’t even dream of.. He doesn’t enjoy watching us suffer. He wants to help.
We just need to reach out to Him in faith.
If solving the problem and removing the haze is His will, He will do so. But sometimes He seems to prefer helping us deal with the haze rather than providing an immediate solution.
Of course that’s frustrating. But acknowledging that He’s in control can change our perception.
Rather than feeling totally overwhelmed, lost in our haze of worry and uncertainty…
He wants to help us see our situation more clearly:
I can’t imagine any Christian waking up each morning and saying, “Lord, give me more problems so I can depend on You more.” But I hope every true Believer begins the day with a prayer that says, “It’s all in Your hands. That’s all I need to know.”
For some reason, this blog post has been a hard one to write. I hope and pray that it’s made sense and has perhaps even spoken to a personal need. Your comments will be welcome.
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