Every problem has a gift.
Captain Jack Sparrow has it right – the problem is about how we perceive the problem. The problem itself is just part of the rhythm of life. I mean, who gets through life without problems? No one I know has a problem-free life and I certainly don’t.
The authentic life is lumpy . . . with roadblocks . . . and detours . . . and potholes. Sounds like your life, right?
To be honest, I’m not sure why anyone would want a problem-free life.
Difficulties don’t need to define us but they certainly reveal us, don’t they? Problems show us what we’re made of – they expose us – and as painful/embarrassing/overwhelming as that can be, it’s the problems that ultimately have endless potential to change us. The resistance makes us stronger. The struggle makes us stronger. The opposition makes us stronger. The obstacles make us stronger. The hurdles, challenges, disappointments, pressures, failure, vulnerability, risk-taking and faith exercising all make us stronger, more resilient and hardy.
Reverend Frank Clark says, “If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” I agree. The open road just makes us want to go faster the wrong way.
My experience has taught me that it’s rare to meet a strong person who has had an easy life.
I don’t want to be brittle. I want to be stretched, twisted, pulled and kneaded so that I can be used by an Almighty God in a pain-filled, disappointing and demanding world – AND NOT BREAK.
When I am surrendered to the Holy Spirit working in my life and I am willing to embrace what is happening around me, every situation – delightful and painful – becomes my teacher.
The problem is not the problem – it’s the attitude about the problem that defeats you.
When there is a strong foundation, a big picture perspective and the hope that is found only in Christ, there are endless opportunities each day to be brave . . . and to learn . . . and to change.
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. Deuteronomy 31.6 ESV