This blog was originally posted on April 18, 2010.
Have you ever noticed that when things seem to be going along okay – no major problems, no “bumps” in the road – you take a huge sigh of relief and relax? Then before you know it, a problem of such great magnitude crops up, it takes priority over everything else in your life. Or perhaps not a problem of that seriousness but one, or two, maybe three or four minor problems crop up at once? And all of a sudden, everything stops. Your life doesn’t slow down – it comes to a screeching halt. And you have to stop with it and evaluate what’s going on, where did these problems come from and what are you going to do about it?
This past week, my problems were the two, three or four minor problems; added together, it seemed those few problems equaled the one problem of great magnitude. Why is that? Why do problems seem to mount until they overtake us? I can only answer that question for myself, of course. But I wonder if other people find themselves in the same situation?
For me, it’s a matter of immediately taking that problem(s) on to solve myself. Whatever makes me even begin to think I can solve these problems is beyond me. I don’t have the answers to my friend’s problems. I don’t have the answers to my problems – or your problems. Yet, I will do everything I can possibly think of to solve any problem that I have or to ward off problems that seem to be looming on the horizon. That’s right – I anticipate problems (as if those currently present aren’t enough) so I can plan solutions. Please. Who do I think I am? God?
Now, don’t go tell your pastor or priest that I have proclaimed to be God. That’s not what I’m saying at all. At least not out loud. But if I think I can solve all my problems without calling on God, am I not replacing Him and His power with my pitiful, inept attempts? How blind can I be?
So here’s the real solution: I pray. I prayed this morning for several friends who are facing situations of magnitude proportions. I prayed for my sister, recovering from surgery. I prayed for my sweet husband, as he left for his first business trip in almost a year. I prayed for my daughter who is recovering from surgery on her left hand, and is scheduled for surgery on her right hand next week. I prayed for my son, who received a disturbing letter this past week that he must “officially” answer. I prayed for my grandson who received a wrist sprain playing football. And I prayed for you – my faithful friends and readers – that somehow God would speak to you through this rambling blog. I pray that He uses this blog to remind you to turn to Him FIRST before attempting to solve your problems.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matt. 6:33)
P. S.: It’s okay to pray for ourselves also. The Lord’s Prayer demonstrates that. So, I’ve prayed for healing and am eagerly anticipating my healing to be manifested. AMEN and AMEN!!