Thorn or Tutor?

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“An ongoing problem is like a tutor who is always by your side. The learning possibilities are limited only by your willingness to be teachable. In faith, thank Me for your problem. Ask Me to open your eyes and your heart to all that I am accomplishing through this difficulty.”

I read this in Jesus Calling this morning.  It was precisely the reminder I needed today.

It’s like God was reading my mind…oh wait…He was.  😉

I’m learning something about myself lately. It’s a challenge for me to be a vessel of joy and be in troubleshooting mode at the same time. Nothing seems to suck the joy out of me quicker than troubleshooting. I would much rather put my grace blinders on and skip from one happy cloud to the next happy cloud. 😉  Yet, in order to make progress and grow, problems need to be addressed and solutions need to be sought.

The message I read this morning was affirmation that troubleshooting doesn’t have to ruin the joy party.  It all comes down to whether I am perceiving the problem as a thorn or as a teacher.

As I was writing this post, the famous account of Jesus being at a wedding came to mind. When the hosts ran out of wine, everyone went into troubleshooting mode.

Some takeaways from that story:

Sometimes, when we seek His help, the Lord transforms a problem right in front of our eyes.
Sometimes a problem becomes an opportunity for the Lord to come in an create something better.
Problems are not a time to panic or become worried. (I might need a tattoo that says this.)
Instead,problems are an opportunity to refocus our hearts and our minds on the One who holds the perfect solution to all our problems. And, when we do, He also equips us to walk in joy instead of anxiety.

I want to hold onto this truth the next time my heart gets bogged down and feels overwhelmed by issues needing to be addressed.

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