How Do You See Problems?

I live in an apartment that’s perfect for me and close to my favorite store, a county walking trail, and most importantly my Church. Before I moved in, I was presented with what seemed like a ream of paperwork, which included an extended list of rules.

Rules are important. I want to live in a safe place (I do), in a peaceful environment (it is) and in a well-kept community (I think it’s beautiful). However, I found some rules challenging.

The rules concerning the flower bed prohibited vegetable gardens, new bushes, and flowers higher than 10 inches. The problem started with the bushes. One had died and there was a decidedly ugly open area where the dead bush still resided.  So I got special permission to plant a replacement, and I planted small flowers near it and in another open area between two bushes. I was happy. I love flowers and they were doing well …. too well My small flowers grew taller than flowers of that kind usually grow. I didn’t pull out my ruler to measure, but they definitely looked taller than 10 inches.

What could I do? Send a note of apology to the management and plead for the life of my flowers? Pull them up? It was too late in the season to replace them and hope for new flowers to survive. Just keep quiet? I decided to “fess up”, and was pleased to hear the manager tell me that she had no intention of measuring flowers.

Don’t some problems seem silly?

Sometimes when I face the real problems so prevalent in this world today, I wonder what God sees when He looks at our lives.  There are wars, famine, hunger, and disease. Filth has infiltrated our movies, books, and games. These are terrible problems, yet God has already told us that He has it all under control, that He has a good plan, and someday we will see true justice, peace, and love. We will see heaven.

Perhaps He is not looking only at these problems but at our own hearts as well. Faith is what He asks of us. Do we believe His promises? Love is also what He commands. Are we trying to fight hatred by loving those who may treat us unlovingly? And with those two come hope – hope for that brighter, better and more peaceful world. When all seems hopeless are we remembering God’s love and power and our future eternal home as well?

Let’s “fess up” and give it all to God – all our problems – the silly and the terrible – and He will turn it all around into good. And while we’re at it, let’s give Him our lives as well – make a decision to follow Him completely and let Him be our LORD and Savior. We couldn’t have a better Boss and the retirement benefits are out of this world!

“Because he has love Me, therefore I will deliver him …. He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him ….. and let him see My salvation.” (Psalm 91:14 – 16)

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