"Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain."
~Psalm 127:1

June 11, 2012

Big God, little problem

I haven't written very frequently lately, mainly because I haven't felt like I've had time to sit down and put my thoughts into words, but also because I haven't known what to write about.

First Grandpa is doing exceptionally well 6+ weeks after his fall from the manure tank truck.  He is back to mowing the yard and hoeing in the garden and taking long walks to get his fitness and strength levels back.  But he is still not really allowed to help out with all his old tasks, so that has kept us busy with a little more work load.  Which has also contributed to why I haven't written much.

Since Grandpa's fall, life has seemed pretty tough.  Last week was especially hard.  We have been working through some cow health issues on top of the continuing tough financial situation.  Last Monday was a pretty discouraging day.  It felt like we were at the end of the rope.  I feel like I never stopped praying that day (it should be that way all the time) and yet I had no words to pray just feelings, hopes, desires, and dreams.

That evening and the next day I was reading from 2 Kings.  There are a lot of cool stories about Elisha at the beginning of 2 Kings!  The part that specifically caught my attention this time was 2 Kings 6: 8-23.

Elisha's servant is concerned about the problem that appears to be pretty big right in front of him.  But Elisha is seeing the much bigger God that he trusts in and the forces that God has at his command.

Verse 16- “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet [Elisha] answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

I've heard it said that we shouldn't tell our God how big our problems are, but instead we should tell our problems how big our God is.  Instead of living life with big problems and a little God, we need to change our viewpoint to little problems, BIG God!

Different verses kept coming to my head about how great God is and how insignificant the problems that we are facing really are.  

"If God is for us, who can be against us?" Romans 8:31  
“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” 2Cor. 12:9

I know who I believe in.  I know that the problems that we face here don't even come close to the hope that we have for the future with God.  I know that I am weak and that God is faithful and that his grace really is enough!