When a problem comes in our way, where do we focus?
Do we casually say that we have surrendered our situation to God so that He can step in to help us, but in actual fact we end up channelling all our energy into trying to resolve this problem by ourselves?
God has a perfect plan for us and His timing is perfect. Yet, sometimes, do we grow restless, impatient and want an immediate solution? Instead of focusing on God, do we end up becoming narrow-minded and focusing on ourselves?
Be it a deep unfulfilled yearning of the heart, a family conflict or a financial challenge — all of which can be very painful experiences — do we forget to let go and let God work through our lives according to His sovereign will?
If all of our experiences in our life could be neatly segmented into a pie chart, how would we proportion the scale of our problems and our blessings? Would our problems constitute just one percent of the whole pie chart, and the remaining 99 percent represent our blessings? Or would the problems make up a hefty chunk of 99 percent, with one percent proportioned for our blessings?
I have realised that the way we look at our problems is a matter of perspective. More importantly, it is a matter of faith. The more we allow God to take control of our situation, the lesser a problem has an effect on us. Consequently, the lesser the space it demands on our personal pie chart.
As believers, we have all experienced His loving nature, His goodness and His mercies in our lives. When we pause and focus with a grateful heart on what God has done for us in our lives, when we count our blessings and thank God for them, we realise that He is and has always been in control.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6, (NIV))
Thanksgiving provides us an opportunity to remind ourselves how much He has done for us, and how, without Him, we could not have gone through life’s challenges that we have encountered so far. It is a vital part of one’s prayer life. For me, thanksgiving is like going through the pages of the storybook of my life so far and admiring God’s excellent authorship in it.
So, going back to our current problem, sure, it may be looming around. However, in faith, we know that God will eventually resolve it for us. It might not be the way we want it to be resolved, but we need to trust the outcome that God has planned for us.
Our lives can become beautiful stories, if we step back and let God write it for us.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17 (NIV))
(Daily prompt: Casual)