I don’t know what your week has been like, but if it is anything like mine you have probably run into a few obstacles along the way. Those little or sometimes really big issues that keep you from moving in the direction that you thought you needed to go. They can range from things that pop up and steal your time to the monumental issues that zap your resources and stop you dead in your tracks. These everyday obstacles often need immediate solutions and answers so you can continue on with life. How we approach, react, and move around these obstacles can be the secret to a life of contentment in all circumstances.
So, how do you handle the obstacles that pop up out of nowhere in your life? Years ago, when Johnny Carson was the host of ”The Tonight Show,” he interviewed an eight-year-old boy from West Virginia. The young man obtained some fame when he rescued two friends from a coal mine outside of his hometown. As Johnny questioned the boy, it was apparent that the young fella was a Christian. So, Johnny asked him if he attended Sunday School. When the boy said he did, Johnny asked, ”What are you learning in Sunday School?” The boy replied, ” Last week, our lesson was about when Jesus went to a wedding and turned water into wine.”
Just Invite Jesus
As you can imagine, the audience began to roar in anticipation of what Johnny’s reaction would be. But, the host kept a straight face and asked, ” And what did you learn from that story?” The boy squirmed a bit in his chair as it was clear he hadn’t thought about that. But then he lifted up his face and said, ”If you’re going to have a wedding, make sure you invite Jesus!” The young man in his very innocent reply clearly understood how to move through life. A life where obstacles have solutions even if they seem unlikely or unusual.
When we come across an obstacle in our path, the first thing we need to do is invite Jesus and then submit to Him for help with the solution. In the story of the Wedding of Cana, we clearly see what faith in the abilities of Christ can overcome. Jesus hadn’t performed any miracles up to this point and it seems His mother isn’t expecting one. But she obviously holds a lot of faith in His ability to come up with a solution.
If you aren’t familiar with the story, I encourage you to read it in John 2: 1-12 as it is the prelude to the message and ministry of Christ. However, as most mothers know their children, it is certain that the mother of Christ knows her son well. And in this case, she doesn’t argue or give up. Mary just turns to the servants and confidently says, ” Do whatever He tells you.” This leaves the problem in Jesus’ hands.
But His mother told the servants, ”Do whatever He tells you.”John 2:5 (NLT)
Unusual Solutions that Work
What should not be lost on us is that Jesus doesn’t just wave His hands and ”fix” the problem even though He certainly could do so. Instead, He turns to the servants and tells them to do something strange and outside of what appears to be the proper way to overcome the obstacle. Using unlikely people and doing unusual things is the norm, however, for our Savior. This is why it is important to note that when we bring our problems to Christ, He may have a completely different plan and solution to overcome the obstacle.
If it is contentment in all circumstances that we seek, we first must submit to Christ’s way of doing things even if we don’t understand them. It is important that we recognize that Christ is the Son of God. And furthermore, it is necessary that we remember that God always has our best interest at heart when we request His help. Even when we can’t fully see or understand His plan, we must continue to trust fully in the solutions that He offers to our problems or obstacles.
Finding Your Confidence in the Circumstances
Like the little boy on ”The Tonight Show” and Mary, Christ’s mother, we need to make sure we invite Jesus to all events in our life, good or bad. It is important that we submit to taking our problems or obstacles to Him first. This is important even in the times that our obstacles are strange, overwhelming, and seem so far from anything God would involve Himself in at all. These obstacles may be so complicated that we don’t know where to begin to even pray about them, but Christ knows. He will always do what is best as He has always done before. We can also be confident that He will most likely overcome the obstacles in a very different way than we thought.
So, won’t you take the challenge to turn over all your obstacles to Christ? Let Him have His way with them. Find your conviction rooted in knowing that He causes everything to work together for the good of those who love Him. (Romans 8:28) Allow your motivation to derive from your trust and submission to Him that He will get to work onto a solution for your problem. Know that it may not be the way you imagine and like the water into wine, He may use unlikely things and people to solve the problem. But in all of that, secure yourself in the comfort of knowing that God loves you so much that He always prepares to do what is necessary for you to succeed in Him upon your submission.
I pray that you have an obstacle-free week, but if you don’t that you can turn to Christ with full submission and confidence that He is working on a solution.
Love in Christ,
””¦whenever Jesus comes into our lives there enters a quality which is like turning water into wine. The trouble with life is that we get bored with it. Pleasure loses its thrill. There is a vague dissatisfaction about everything. But when Jesus enters our lives there comes a new exhilaration!”William Barclay
What Are Your Thoughts?
Do you submit your obstacles and problems to Christ? Have you recognized that the first solution to every issue you face is to invite Jesus to the table? Share your thoughts on how inviting Christ into all aspects of your life, not only helps you find contentment in all circumstances, but also recognize the witness seen by the unlikely solutions He puts in place.
Vo, K. (2019, January 17). Fixing Problems. Lutheran Hour Daily Devotions. St. Louis, MO, USA. Retrieved from https://www.lhm.org/dailydevotions/default.asp?date=20190117