You’re probably not an international star of television and movies whose lives are constantly under public scrutiny and played out like a soap opera in the world wide media, or whose lives are often compounded by the intrusive manner of the paparazzi, which seemingly cannot get enough of the microwave frenzy for their unsaturated appetites.
In fairness to them all though, we all have one thing in common, that is, we are all human beings. And as long as we live on this earth, we will continue to have problems and challenges of varying sorts. Since we are obviously not different, are they better than we are? No. We too will make mistakes, some genuine, and some not so. These things, hopefully for us, while they may not make it as the cover story of People Magazine, The Huffington Post or even the New York Times, they will continue to be a commonality among us that ever so often we become inundated by problems and challenges with their increasingly complex nature.
At times they will cause you to feel overwhelmed. As if to complicate the matter, people around you are either uncaring, unfair, or they are just not sensitive to the battles and struggles you are faced with. But that’s okay, it a part of life. It’s a process that we all have to go through. It’s a journey of faith. Sometimes the road is extremely smooth while at other times, metaphorically speaking; you meet up with ‘pot holes,’ ‘speed bumps.’ ‘Cracks in the wall,’ ‘the curtain of night,’ ‘needle in the hay stack,’ ‘raking of the ground,’ and pruning of your spiritual tree.’
Yet I say it’s a process! It’s a continuing development involving many painful changes and numerous steps in your life, the end result being God’s perfect peace, total balance and harmony in your mind (thoughts), your heart, your words and subsequently, your actions.
The most difficulty comes when you try to circumvent the process. And through my own craftiness and ingenuity, that is exactly what took place with me this past weekend. My spirit was grieved and I cried. But once I humbly surrendered the problem totally to God, I immediately began to experience His peace in my life again. My thoughts lined up with my heart and soon afterwards I began to speak positive words that caused me to act in faith as opposed to fear. I learned valuable lessons through my experience.
So next time you are faced with problems and challenges in your life, remember these simple analogies:
- In order for an arrow to be shot forward to the furthest distance, the one who holds the bow must bend the bow as far backwards as it possibly can go. Problems may seem like they are bending you totally out of shape, but once you surrender them to God and they get resolved, see yourself advancing forward.
- The harder the one who holds the ball bounces it to the ground, the higher it bounces back vertically. We were all promised the blessing of being moved from faith to faith and from glory to glory. See the shift by faith of how God is transforming and changing your life.
- Problems and challenges are like wild branches that God allows and once we concede to the pruning process, we are blessed with new and healthy spiritual branches that blossoms and produces spiritual fruits 100 fold that are most pleasing to God and extraordinarily beneficial to others.
God never makes mistakes, and everything He does, is for a purpose! He wants us to grow wholesomely and wholeheartedly. Problems and challenges are therefore necessities to our process for spiritual growth and personal development. The process as painful as it may be at times, redound to us beneficially to build and strengthen our character.
So let go and let God have His way!