Don’t Turn to the Toaster


John 2:1-3

It’s not the problem you face but how you face the problem.

We used to spend a good deal of time with Pat, a woman who had an endless string of problems. Perhaps you know someone who seems to always have a terrible crisis coming down the road, but actually that wasn’t Pat. While she thought that she had an endless string of problems, what she really had was a steady flow of fairly insignificant matters, many of them created by her own folly.

“My supervisor complained that I made too many personal calls!”

“The bank repossessed my car, and now I can’t get to the casino.”

I listened and gritted my teeth. Finally, one day, as she cursed “my luck” because something really important–I think maybe her toaster quit working–had marred her day, I had listened to enough.

“Trent is paralyzed,” I noted.

Trent, a father of two, had gone from a capable, active young man to a hopelessly paralyzed fellow in a motorized wheelchair in the course of a few weeks. His wife didn’t know how they could pay for their house, pay for his care, or raise their daughters.

All the while that Pat complained about her luck, Trent and his family kept as strong an outlook as you could hope. I’d be lying if I said they didn’t experience some dark days, but mostly they kept their faces toward Christ throughout the worst of times.

Pat, I’m afraid, kept her face toward the toaster. I’m sure I needn’t mention that her outcome was less satisfactory.

  • What is the biggest problem that you are facing at the present?
  • Do you find it easy or difficult to turn first to Jesus in the face of problems great and small?
  • Ask God to assist you in making your problems His problems.