In the mid-70’s my husband and I bought a piece of land with many pecan trees on it about 70 miles from our home. That first fall, I picked pecans for several hours, delighted with the beautiful day and all the nuts. As I fell exhausted into bed that night and closed my eyes, I saw a huge pecan; it was the size of a large watermelon! I quickly opened them and then shut my eyes again, but the same thing happened. After the third time, I asked God what was going on.
Being a faithful heavenly Father, He quickly told me, “When you look mainly at your problems, they grow huge; but when you look to Me for the answers, they resume their normal size. Through all these years, I’ve never forgotten that.
Problems come to everyone as a part of life. Some concern great issues and some not so important. Lately we’ve seen people lose their homes and cars in hurricanes, floods or out west in the fires. The loss of a job, unwanted medical report, or loss of a loved one or relationship all bring grief. A couple of days ago, God showed me another slant on this same issue: When our eyes remain so focused on our need, we take them off our Provider. They become an idol to us, even though we desperately want rid of them.
Listen to what says the psalmist did when he faced the ultimate trouble: Death wrapped its ropes around me; the terrors of the grave overtook me. I saw only trouble and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the LORD: “Please, LORD, save me!” How kind the LORD is! How good he is! So merciful, this God of ours! The LORD protects those of childlike faith; I was facing death, and he saved me. Let my soul be at rest again, for the LORD has been good to me. (Psalm 116:3-7 New Living Testament).
Only in keeping our eyes on our Lord can we find peace during troubling times, that peace that passes understanding – And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippines 4:7).