“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
When trouble comes the first thing I do is begin looking for a way out. I have a silly notion that if I am careful and wise I can avoid many troubling situations by just not “going there.” And frankly that approach does work – a lot. Like having your license renewed on time will avoid the ticket you might get for driving with it expired. It’s not a perfect avoidance tool but it frees me up to address the troubling things that come unexpectedly and unannounced into my life.
I’m pretty good at detangling Trouble most times. Even two or three issues at once are manageable. Not to say I do this alone. I process, ask for wisdom and look for the open door. Often I can think of a great solution but making it happen is so beyond me, even I – thickest of the thick – recognize immediately – either God does it or He has a better idea going.
I could write a book – it’s like He walks through walls, waves His hand and pronounces to the Foreboding Challenge, “These are not the droids you seek.” I walk right past Trouble on dry ground while He pushes back the sea until I am safely across.
I know that I know He does this stuff. He does it for me over and over and I am still amazed, still in awe. You would think by now it would just be natural to trust He has a plan. Apparently not.
In the last month Trouble and all his cousins have come down like a landslide. And while they have names, there are too many in the pile to think about much less process. And I can’t see the way out at all. Not a glimmer.
“Do not let your heart be troubled…I AM the way…” When you are pinned down, forget the pile – listen for Me. I am here. I am always here. And I am the way out.