by Graham Mol
Last week I took the kids to our local library. A few days before they had been with Candice to register a library card and start taking out books, something they’ve be waiting to do and now could do because of the re-opening of libraries under the latest loosening of lockdown restrictions. Now, mere days later they wanted to go back for new books having already devoured the first lot (metaphorically of course!)
As we walked into the foyer of the Weltevreden Park public library I was transported back years and years ago to when I was about my son’s current age and my sister and I would go with my mom or dad to get books out from this self-same library. One of the first things that struck me was just how much smaller it all looked!
This makes sense, since everything is bigger in comparison when you are a small child. I’m sure you too have had this experience when you’ve come across places of your childhood, where so much is as you remember it, it just seems… smaller.
I have found the same to be true with the problems we face in life. At the time they seem gigantic, insurmountable, all-consuming and immovable. Yet when looking back, they don’t seem quite so big and scary. If only we could see the problems of today with the eyes of tomorrow. What comfort and courage we could have in the face of such problems, knowing that they can be beaten. That they’re not as tough as we think.
Of course, this is impossible, for us. But God’s perspective is different. He has already seen the end from the beginning. He knows the solution even before the problem arises. And, importantly, he knows how you’ll weather the storm and overcome the odds, before you even have a clue.
We may not have the gift of hindsight going into the problem, but we do have the gift of His strong love and presence. We can trust that He is able and will carry us through.
When I said, “My foot is slipping,”
your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.
19 When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought me joy. (Psalm 94:18-19)
1Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor His ear too dull to hear. (Isaiah 59:1)
You see, when our God is big, our problems seem small in comparison.