Sometimes life’s problems just don’t seem to add up.
Two women we are assisting here in Bangkok are in a situation that I cannot change – no matter how many texts they send, begging me to solve this problem. I’ve been thinking about their worries a lot this weekend. All the pieces are on the table, and I don’t see how this puzzle is going to come together with the outcome they are hoping for.
It reminds me of trying to do math homework in high school. (I hated math!) After thinking I’d found a solution, I would flip to the back of the book to check the answer. When I got the answer wrong, I often couldn’t figure out how the equation reached that solution! Sometimes I would try and try and try, then take the equation to the teacher the next day – convinced I’d found a mistake in the text book. Once or twice in four years of high school, the teacher agreed with me, but most of the time, there was something I was missing.
As far as life problems go, this is not the first time I’ve felt stuck, staring down a problem bigger than me. (I feel this way a lot!)
I remember one time in Sudan, when a woman approached me with an impossible problem. She had tried everything she knew, and she had found no solution. Then, she came to me, hoping I had an answer for her. I knew the moment the problem came out of her mouth that I did not possess the solution she’d come looking for. In that moment, however, I had faith that God would solve her problem. I remember taking her hand, looking into the starry night sky, and sincerely thanking the Lord for the answer He would provide for her. Even with that faith, I was amazed the next day when she told me that God had provided an answer for her! Quick work – and incredibly – it involved a change in the equation. One of the “immovable” factors had been changed.
I feel like I’ve been running short on faith lately. But, faith is a gift and a fruit of the Spirit- meaning, I can’t work it up. Either God gives it to me, or He doesn’t. 🙂 And, despite my faith tank feeling a little low, retelling that story of how God changed the equation for my Sudanese friend has given me some hope for these women here in Bangkok.
Tonight, as I get into bed, I’ll use the tiny measure of faith that I have to thank the Lord for the solution He will provide for the women I’m working with. If there is a variable I don’t see, He can reveal it. Or, since He’s God, He can just change the equation.
Has God ever intervened in an impossible problem in your life?
Please comment and share your story to encourage others of us in our faith!