I've said it before, and I'm sure say it again, gratefulness comes for me in acts of seeing rightly, rightly seeing. Seeing His handiwork, seeing Him everywhere.
In moments when I "can't see straight," I know I've let problems become too big and God become too small.
But, what do you do when your job is to deal with problems, when the everyday looks like problems and more problems, and yes, I'd like a side of problems with that? What do you do when the reason they call you in is to essentially be a problem solver or maybe just to curtail them for awhile, to help manage it all?
It's a tricky balance, because we all are set to have problems. In my own life, surely, the forecast is not always sunny-side up. It can't be.
Jesus knew this! He told us..
"In this world you will have trouble." -John 16:33
Actually, quite helpful for a counselor to hear. These blows are not a surprise, even to Jesus.
Even more encouraging to hear, though, for someone who is human, desperate for the One who knows what to do with the pain and problems, is this:
"But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Earlier in John, Jesus talks about being "the way, the truth, and the life." He says again to "let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me." (14:1)
He explains to his disciples that he who has seen Him has seen the Father. And that He is also sending another Helper to dwell with them and "will be in you" (v 17).
Jesus does not leave people on their own.
Because he lives, we get to live.
This is so freeing.
Yet, I know my tendency to want to make it with my own strength.
He says that apart from him we can do nothing. Not some, not a little bit. Nothing.
Jesus says again in 14:27 to "let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid."
He helps us in distress, in the everyday, in our joys and failures, in such a way that human strength can never compare to. His peace is perfect, his giving is without measure.
Rejoicing in that crushes untrust that buries deep when life unfolds or I am too plugged into the hectic life that surrounds me. Truth holds my hand when I need to remember where my help comes from...
In the presence of my Savior.
No small amount of gratitude is ever wasted, no matter how small it seems, no matter how tiny the act of seeing. I churn out specks of thanks on the canvas of a soul that needs to remember to take heart.
# 216-224 :praying with a neighbor, friends who 'cook' with you, a relaxed Sunday afternoon, snail mail, sunny July days, people who make me laugh, online writing community, journaling lots more again, adoption talk at church:
How do you see more of God instead of problems?
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