Assembly Required

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“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”  Philippians 4:6

There is nothing that strikes fear in the heart of a parent the night before Christmas or a Birthday Party than the phrase “Assembly Required”. You can be sure that if it says some assembly required…there are No “Quick Fixes”.  Translation:  “Unless you have the patience of a saint, the IQ of Einstein and more tools than Sears –  be prepared for FRUSTRATION!

At times, I think life is like that and should come with the warning “Some Assembly Required”.  Max Lucado, in his book Before Amen, says “Life is a gift, albeit unassembled.  It comes in pieces and sometimes it falls to pieces.”

I was a single mom with two teenage boys.  I had just lost my job and as a result I had no transportation because the car I had been driving was a company owned vehicle.  The pantry was empty and I had no money to buy groceries.  I had asked God for direction and provision but it seemed that He was silent. Thumbing through the mail on my way back from the mailbox one day I noted a letter from my insurance company.  I remember thinking, “Oh great, another bill that I can’t pay!  What am I going to do?”  Upon opening the envelope, I discovered a refund check for $250.00 that I had no idea was due me.  Some would say that it was a coincidence, but, I know that it was a “God thing”.  After all, His name is Jehovah-Jireh, the God who Provides.  He knew my need and was at work to provide for it  even though I could not see  Him at work.

Mary, the mother of Jesus, knew how to deal with life’s unexpected challenges.

John 2:1-11 records the Wedding at Cana where Jesus changes water to wine.  We can learn from her example what to do to assemble the pieces that life hands us.

  • We learn about attitude – Mary wasn’t bossy – she just stated the problem.
  • She didn’t try to fix the problem herself – she realized that she did not have the resources or skill to resolve the problem ..but instead she turned to the one who did.
  • She didn’t blame Jesus…if You are really in control this never would have happened.
  • She didn’t blame herself…it’s all my fault, I’m a failure as a friend.
  • She did everything she was supposed to do – identified the problem, brought it to Jesus, left it with him. She trusted him completely.
  • I think Jesus smiled – this wasn’t the manner or place He had planned to reveal His power, but, he wouldn’t turn His back on a genuine need.

The implications are clear.

  • Take our problems to Jesus – don’t whine, complain or argue. Just lay them at His feet.
  • Relinquish control – don’t try to solve it ourselves and then as a last resort take it to Jesus. We are to make Jesus our first resort.
  • Don’t play the blame game…against ourselves or others.
  • Leave the problem at the feet of Jesus..too often we bring a problem to Jesus and then pick it back up instead of trusting Him to handle it.

On the wall of my study there is a picture of Jesus that I love.  It shows Him looking up at the sky with a big smile on His face.  I can just imagine Him looking into the face of his Abba Father, raising His hand to give him a high five and saying, “Dad, Kay finally gets it.  She can trust Me to put the pieces of her life together!”

Truth to Claim:  God can be trusted to assemble or reassemble the pieces of my life when I relinquish control.

Application:  Practice taking your problems to Jesus first and leaving them there.

Solo Deo Gloria

 

 

 

 

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