"Every problem can teach you something, transforming you little by little into the masterpiece I created you to be." from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
Heads or tails? Without always realizing it, I am daily flipping coins. A problem presents itself to me and I see it in one of two ways: a problem to avoid or an opportunity to embrace. Heads or tails? I long to embrace problems as opportunities to see the face of God at work in a situation.
I admit, most of the time the head, Christ, is face down on the floor. Immersing myself in his promises is a wise way to weight the coin. Counting the blessings all around me helps my focus as well.
Do I really want to be able to solve all my problems in my limited strength and creativity? A world where I do not need to rely on Christ sounds worse to me than the storm clouds that threaten in the distance.
I choose heads. I choose opportunities for my Savior to amaze me with his solutions to my problems. I choose to keep searching daily for more ways to weight the coin in His favor.
All things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose. (Romans 8:28b AMP)
I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.] (John 16:33 AMP)
God of infinite creativity, thank you for solving my problems in unexpected ways. Thank you for redirecting my focus to your face. Help me not to fear the storms in the distance, but to embrace problems as opportunities to see you at work in my life and the lives of others. Amen.