Sometimes my life seems to be punctuated by problems. Some of them I create, some I inherit, some I’m given and some just seem to be there all the time! Some weeks are worse than others – and this week it seems to have been an endless series! All too often I moan and groan about them and spend hours of sleep time worrying about them and waste precious energy trying to get rid of them or at least hide them instead of solving them! Been there?
M Scott-Peck writes this in one of his books
“…it is in the whole process of meeting and solving problems that life has meaning. Problems are the cutting edge that distinguishes between success and failure. Problems call forth our courage and wisdom;
indeed they create our courage and wisdom. It is only because of problems that we grow mentally and spiritually…” (The Road Less Travelled, p16)
Do we really believe that? We live in a world which is eager to offer us easy solutions, yet the reality is that these “off the rack answers” rarely fit out “tailor made” situations. We need to focus, not on escape routes but see each of these problems as an opportunity for growth and development. Instead of looking for someone to blame for this, we need to accept the fact that God cares about us but still allows these things to happen. WHY? To stretch us and challenge us to become who He wants us to be. While pondering this, I have been reminded that prayer and quiet meditation is integral to that process. Experience tells me that it is only as I let go and step back that I can see some answers. I have not yet arrived, but I hope I’m on the right road, even if it seems less travelled than the route I usually take.
Chaplain Ian S Whitley