I entered the sanctuary of the church that was hosting my niece’s high school graduation ceremony Saturday morning unaware that we were going to HAVE church that morning. I was expecting the typical graduation ceremony. You know – the welcome, the salutatorian and valedictorian speeches, the awarding of the diplomas, maybe a video montage. But as the guest speaker (a pastor) got started, I was prompted to pick up a pen and take some notes on my program.
This guy was not only speaking to the graduates, everything he said could be applicable to every person in that room. There were so many good things said and so many sweet nuggets of wisdom written down. I really wish I could just post a recording of everything he said. It was that good. One thing that he said really caused me to reflect on the past four years of my life.
“No problem that ever rises up in your life will be the size of the solution that rises in God. Problems will rise up in your life, but no matter what the problem is, it is small in comparison to the solution.” -Joe Lewis
Looking back at what God has brought me through over the past four years proves this point. Four years ago began a series of some fairly big problems in my life – baby loss, grief, infertility. They were big for me. Sometimes so huge, so overwhelming that I didn’t think I would ever get through it. There was deep grief over the loss of two babies. There were countless fertility treatments and month after month of negative pregnancy tests. There were so many sleepless nights wondering what purpose there could possibly be for all of this pain. There was a pregnancy riddled with so much anxiety that I didn’t even believe we were going to be bringing a baby home until we actually brought that baby home. These were big problems for me, but thankfully, they were not too big for God.
The word problem is defined as something that is difficult to deal with – a source of trouble, distress and worry. Life is always going to bring trouble, distress and worry. Some of the problems we face will seem small, while others will seem monumental. The good news is that there is no problem bigger than God. In John 16:33, Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” We have to believe this. We have to believe in God’s perfect plan. We have to believe that every trouble, distress and worry that we face is going to strengthen us for what God has in store.
This truth has gotten me through many difficult days. This truth kept me from staying curled up in a fetal position in my bed on those days. This truth gave me the push I needed to keep going. And I am so glad that I kept going because life has become so sweet. I know I will still face trials and tribulations. That’s life. When those problems arise, I can look back at what I have overcome and remember that God is bigger and His plan is perfect.
What problems are you facing today? Do you believe that God is bigger? Do you trust in His perfect plan? These verses got me through some tough times. I hope they will do the same for you.
Until next time, keep hoping!