What do we risk when we focus solely on the obstacles? What indeed.
Watch the step, not God
Where is God?
Where can you find hope?
Where can you find trust?
Where can you find love?
Where can you find joy?
Obstacles become petrified
And light disappears into darkness
like an eclipse blocking out the daytime sun
What do we risk when we focus solely on the obstacles?
Focusing on the obstacles themselves and not on building trust and hope in God leads to worry. And, as Mahatma Gandhi said, “There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.”
So, what do we risk when we focus only on the obstacles? We waste our body away with worry. Studies show that trials hurt more when all we see is the trial. The same trials hurt less when we see the purpose behind the trial, when we KNOW that all things work together for good for those who love God! And, that leads to hope and joy instead of worry.
So, what do we risk when we focus only on the obstacles? Focusing solely on the obstacles and not on God creates in us a cold, stone heart. That thought has always scared me.
Here’s some food for thought. Freedom of choice is our greatest gift. Given that, are the objects blocking our path truly obstacles? Or, are they what we need to grow into what we’ve asked to be?
Does the vine tell the branches where to grow?
Does the seed tell the tree where to send its branches?
Does the gas in your gas tank tell the steering wheel which way to turn?
This is what I hear God saying, “I can provide you with the tools. I can provide you with the gas to keep your engine revving. But, I cannot force you to use your tools. I can only suggest with wisdom. I cannot tell you to improve your skills. However, I can provide the wisdom and the events that offer experience to grow and be successful. I can also offer you examples of others who have perfected that skill.”
Of what use is bitterness? Of what use is hatred? Of what use is complaining? Will they further you on your path? Will they provide helping hands that can teach you and assist you on your path. Will bitterness and hatred and and complaining and worry provide any sort of lasting success? No!
Our greatest gift is the gift to choose how to use the skills that we have been given. Our greatest gift is the choice that we have for how we will respond to the experiences that are thrust upon us. We have the freedom of choice to see that obstacle as an opportunity for us to grow and be sucessful. We have the freedom of choice to choose wisdom … or not.
Having a balanced view of the good and the bad that life throws at us is the key for finding and experiencing joy and peace through hope. “In life, the things that go wrong are often the very things that lead to other things going right”. ~ Arianna Huffington
The choice is yours, as it always will be. Will you choose to look at the obstacles? Or, will you choose to see God’s perspective. God isn’t hiding. God’s word is in the bible that sitting on the shelf. He’s holding out His hands and waiting for you.
I know what I want, because I have it in my hands right now.
“Turning today’s pain in confident expectations for a great tomorrow”