Problems often feel like knots. Knots are difficult to untie. Because they are...um....knots.
It can be very hard to figure out where to even begin to unravel the knot. But it is important to figure that out, because if you pull on the wrong thing you can actually make the knot worse. You can end up tightening the knot rather than loosening it.
And problems are usually the same way. We could start doing things thinking we are solving things, when in all reality we are making things worse.
"MOM!!!", I hear the child's voice calling from the other side of the house.
All Moms know that tone. It is the "I have a problem and I know just the go-to lady who can fix it" tone. The great thing about being a Mom is the there is no job description available that could encompass all the issues you get to interface with on a day to day basis.
My little girl finds me in my room and brings me her necklace. It is a mess. It is in knots. And knots. And knots. In fact, it is in so many knots, it looks like it may be impossible to ever NOT be in knots.
But she hands it to me in complete confidence and looks me in the eye with total trust that I can and will fix her problem. Yikes! That is a lot of pressure!
And, thankfully, this time at least, I live up to her expectation. After many attempts and the use of a magnifying glass (these old eyes ain't what they used to be!) I succeed in unraveling the rascally, knotty knot.
Yes, there actually is a point. And it is this.
Where do we take our problems?
Yes, I realize that this is a question and not a point, but it leads to the point. And yes, this IS a rhetorical question. You ARE supposed to go with the obvious answer...GOD! Our Heavenly Father! The One who created and loves us. He is whom we go to with our problems.
Then the follow-on question is: when we go to Him, do we go with faith, hope, and trust that He CAN and WILL solve the problem?!?! Whatever it is? Do we have the expectation that He is our "go-to" for our problem because Of Course He can work it out?
Oswald Chambers said:
"any problem, and there are many, that is alongside me while I obey God increases my ecstatic delight because I know that my Father knows, and I am going to watch and see how He unravels this thing."There it is.
Complete trust. Complete confidence. Complete LACK of fear or worry.
And therefore Complete JOY!
Where do you go with your problems?
Who do you trust implicitly with finding the solution?
Who is the great Unraveler of all your knots?
Not your boss.
Not your spouse.
Not your circumstances.
Not your checkbook.
Nope. Nauta. Nein. Nyet. None of those.
It is God. Always. Only. Alone.
It is God.