Recently, I finished a great read. The book’s title is “Jesus Calling”. Each little vignette is written as if Jesus is talking to you. One of the vignettes suggested that we should thank God for our problems. I thought it was an insight and a point of view that has much merit. It read:
“THANK ME FOR YOUR PROBLEMS. As soon as your mind gets snagged on a difficulty, bring it to Me with thanksgiving. Then ask Me to show you My way to handle the situation. The very act of thanking Me releases your mind from its negative focus. As you turn your attention to Me, the problem fades in significance and loses its power to trip you up. Together we can deal with the situation, either facing it head-on or putting it aside for later consideration.
Most of the situations that entangle your mind are not today’s concerns; you have borrowed them from tomorrow. In this case, I lift the problem out of today and deposit it in the future, where it is veiled from your eyes. In its place I give you My Peace, which flows freely from My Presence.” (Philippians 4:6; John 14:27)