It’s been a while since I’ve posted a song with my blog post, but this one fits perfectly tonight. If you have three minutes in your day that you can spare please give it a listen. This is “Hills and Valleys” by Tauren Wells:
Today I was thinking about how a lot of our time in life is spent working towards avoiding problems. I started to think about how I make decisions at home and work and with people and the overarching theme is that most decisions and plans are to make sure there are no problems, no issues. Problems are inevitable, but how we deal with them is not an inevitability. That’s the hidden beauty found in problems. There’s tremendous power in learning how to deal with them. Before I dive too far into this subject let me start off with some honest confession. I’ve spent many years of my life running from problems so I am, by no means, standing on top of a soap box trying to spew some wisdom that I’ve somehow magically mastered. I am a work in progress – especially in this area. Thankfully I am part of a beautiful church family where we are all learning about healthy, God-given perspectives on problems because let’s face it, problems in life are here to stay. Just when you think you have it under control and it’s smooth sailing …BAM…there’s a problem!
People either run from problems or deal with them, there is no in between. Then there’s my favorite of all lines in dealing with problems – it’s the, “I have no problem. They’re the problem!” mindset. Almost always if this is the voice in your head, let me shed some light on this by saying (in the most loving way – because I am saying it to myself too), “They aren’t the problem. You are.” Circumstances, situations and difficulties that challenge us to our depths and snap our fragile nerves are there to unearth what’s going on inside of us. Life is just life. People are just people. Problems are just problems. The real issue is you. It’s me. It is how we deal with the problem that reveals “us”.
So tonight if you have a problem, like I have a problem, let’s look at what Jesus has said to us in John 16:33,
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
The apostle Paul had a problem too and this is what he found out when he took his problem to the Lord:
“Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:8-10
Paul, like us, wanted the problem to leave him, but God gave him a powerful lesson in perspective on his problem. In the problem is where we find the perfect promise, the perfect solution in that perfect grace that only God can give. This is because only in our biggest problems can we find His powerful sufficiency. What we learn is that problems are part of His promise to us because our “strength” can’t do much, but we start to learn that His strength can do anything and everything.
So you have a problem? He has the solution. Don’t believe me? Take it to Him and wait and see what happens.
That’s what I’m going to do tonight. This former “problem evader” is looking head on into her problem right through it to her Savior on the other side of it and placing it in His hands. He is saying, “Don’t hide. Don’t run. I am with you. I have a plan even for this. Trust Me.”
Let’s trust Him tonight.
With all my heart,