Looking Beyond Your Problems


“When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.
You are precious to me.
You are honored.
I love you.”
(Isaiah 43:2,4 NLT)

Are you trying desperately to keep your head above water, feeling like you may be going under for the last time? Don’t give up!

Remember when you were a child first learning to swim? Someone held out their arms to support you while you learned how to relax in the water and use the proper strokes to begin swimming on your own.

The Father who loves you is there for you now. His arms are holding you, giving you courage. If you are exhausted from the effort of living, relax and float a while in his arms.

Remember the words that gave you comfort as a child: “I’ve got you!”

No matter how impossible your situation seems, look beyond the problem that overwhelms you to the Lord who has power to do the impossible.

In the movie Patch Adams, one of the patients in the mental hospital, a former scientist, went around holding up four fingers, asking “How many fingers do you see?” When people gave the obvious answer, he stomped off in frustration, mumbling “No one gets it.”

One day Patch Adams went to his room and asked him to explain the riddle. The brilliant scientist who was suffering from a mental disorder held up four fingers. “How many do you see?” When Patch gave the logical answer of 4, the scientist explained why the answer was wrong. He said, “Look beyond the four fingers I am holding up. Look beyond the problem and look at me. You’ll see 8.”

When Patch stopped staring at the four fingers and looked beyond them to the face of the scientist, sure enough, in a slight blur he saw 8 fingers.

Perhaps you need to look beyond the problems in your life and focus your gaze on the problem-solver. When you look into the face of Jesus, the “things of earth become strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.”

As you walk down the unknown paths of tomorrow, look to Jesus. He will meet your needs and satisfy the deepest longings of your soul.

“When we are unfaithful, He remains faithful for he cannot deny himself.
When we fail, He lifts us up for he is our strength.
When we sorrow, He shares our sorrows for he was the Man of Sorrows.
When we rejoice, He rejoices with us for he is the source of all joy.
When we hurt, He upholds us for he suffered far more than we ever could.
When we need a friend, He is the friend who sticks closer than a brother.”
(Author Unknown)

Copyright 2002, 2013 Brenda Branson