Problems, Inconveniences and Prayer

We all deal with our own set of annoying problems every day. The washing machine stops working. Morning traffic drives us crazy. A previous friend moves on to a different group of friends. Balancing school assignments and extracurricular activities is stressful. And, to top it off, the bathroom still needs to be cleaned every week.

We can get weighed down with all the trivia in our lives. But are these things truly problems?

Robert Fulghum, the author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, wisely said,
“If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you’ve got a problem. Everything else is an inconvenience. Life is inconvenient. Life is lumpy. A lump in the oatmeal, a lump in the throat, and a lump in the breast are not the same kind of lump. One needs to learn the difference.”

So, let’s review our life problems and decide whether they aren’t really just inconveniences that we can deal with patiently. And for those things that truly are problematic, let us remember the one true source of comfort and guidance we can turn to in times of trial and challenge, as well as every other day of our lives.

Our Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ, are mindful of us. They care and will provide spiritual assistance when we turn to them in sincere prayer. In Zechariah 1:3 we read, “Thus saith the Lord of hosts: Turn ye unto me … and I will turn unto you.”

There is no better promise than that the Lord will be with us as we turn our hearts to him. As the Apostle Paul told the Romans, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Rom 8:31) Whether we are dealing with problems or inconveniences, let us not act alone but rather include God, who is always on our side.

-(Kathleen Irving)

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