The following was published in San Clemente Presbyterian’s NEWSBREAK magazine. Editors are welcome to use it as a FREE REPRINT, simply by adding my byline.
Is something troubling you? You may have heard, “God never gives us more than we can handle.” In times of darkness or struggle, it’s easy to speculate whether God must love you the most to give you such a load to carry! In fact, He loves you so much, He doesn’t want you to worry at all.
The worry-free life may seem like an absolute impossibility, until—and here’s the key to pretty much everything—you start to see your troubles from God’s point of view. What do your problems look like to Him?
Imagine a teacher presenting a tough assignment to his students. He expects the class to begin to research possibilities, discuss the topic together and consult those who are experienced in the topic, and hopefully, to learn and grow. What if, instead, they only sat behind their desks, worrying about how they’ll how they will ever find answers, or get the assignment done on time?
Our Father wants to teach us, shape us, send us on a new path, or stop us from going a step further in the wrong direction. He may throw us a curveball to help end cycles no longer working for us, or fix something we didn’t, in our limited view, know was broken.
When faced with a “life assignment,” does He hope we will lay awake at night worrying? That we will cry out, that we will ask, “Why me?” Of course not. When God allows us our newest challenge, He does so with the loving expectation that we might be inspired to new action, to look at our life from a different perspective. He wants us to shift gears, be creative, find a new path or method, and cooperate with people who share our goal and can help–or benefit from its resolution.
The author Harold Stephens said, “There is a great difference between worry and concern. A worried person sees a problem, and a concerned person solves a problem.” The ultimate weapon against worry is action.
I don’t know why you are struggling with a particular problem, or what lesson God intends for you to learn, but I do know that God does. Just ask Him.