I noticed something pretty remarkable about age recently, and fortunately, it was something other than the fine lines an invisible artist has begun to paint around the corners of my eyes.
What I noticed was a shift in perspective in what constitutes a problem.
Now, before I continue, let me say that I realize this isn’t rocket science. I am certainly not the first person to observe this phenomenon. But go with me back in time for a second, and let’s look at what used to qualify as a problem in your world.
- Someone removing your pacifier left you wailing and sobbing.
- Not getting candy at the grocery store justified flailing on the ground and squealing at the top of your lungs.
- Breaking up with your first love, not fitting in, or having a zit on school picture day was a fate worse than death.
- The thought of not being accepted into the right college broke you out in hives as you contemplated the disaster your life would inevitability become.
Sadly, I wish I could say that over exaggerating life’s hiccups end when we cross over into our twenties, or even into our thirties, but sadly it does not – at least for me. I definitely have areas of concern that can (and often do) send me into the outer limits of anxiety, fear or despair.
But when I look back at the struggles of my youth, I cannot help but chuckle at the absurdity of the problems, and yet, I remember them feeling so real…so important…so monumental. And it’s left me wondering…
If God’s ways are not my ways, and God’s thoughts are not my thoughts (Isaiah 55:8) are my problems even problems at all?
Does God have the same type of perspective on my “adult” problem that I do on the little girl sniffling because her best friend hurt her feelings?
I’m also wondering what problem are you facing today. As a child of God, you have access to Almighty God (Eph. 2:18). Nothing is too hard for Him (Jer. 32:17)! Go boldly into His Presence (Heb. 4:16) asking Him – not only for his resources – but for His perspective as well.