We live in a fallen world. And because we live in this fallen world, we will endure problems and struggles. Jesus tells us this himself in John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble…”
During one of our devotional times at Mercy Ships, Dr. Andrew asked us to write down a problem we were facing on a little post-it note. He then asked us to put it on our hand and place our hand right in front of our eyes. All I could see was the problem. It even became blurry as I stared right at it. Then he walked around the room and gently moved our arms back a bit, giving us a new perspective on our problems.
Sometimes we hold our problems so close, that we lose sight of everything else. We focus on the mountain before us, as we grasp to make sense of it all. And then something or someone comes along to give us a new perspective. And then we remember hope. And grace. And the promise at the end of John 16:33 “But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
There is a saying, Don’t tell God how big your problem is, tell your problem how big your God is. Whatever it is your facing, place it before the throne and let His grace give you a new perspective.