The snow fell gently around us as we trudged out to the car in the predawn darkness. Our Romanian hosts were about to get in the car when one of us noticed a flat tire. I can still see the look of hopelessness in their eyes as they informed us of even worse news. There was no spare. And there were no tires to be bought anywhere in the city. All hope of adopting the adorable brown-eyed girl that had stolen our hearts evaporated into the frigid air. Had we come so far only to end the week in vain?
"Wait, don't you see?" I said. "It's impossible for us. That means God has to show up if He wants us to adopt." I was as shocked at what I just said as they were, but suddenly I was excited, expectant. Our hopeless situation was the perfect setting for God to demonstrate His power!
Before we had packed our bags for the trip I told God, "I don't want any child that You don't want me to have." Resolving this impossible situation would be God's way of showing me if He was behind this adoption or not.
On that snowy November morning we had a choice. We could moan and groan about the problem or we could focus on the Problem Solver.
Too often we magnify the mess we are in or the spiritual attack we are undergoing. We go to great lengths to describe the awful details of our situation to our friends or family. As we continue to talk about how bad off we are, our predicament takes on monstrous proportions in our minds and our emotions.
There have been times when my problems seemed like elephants and God seemed like...well, to be honest, I was so consumed with the enormity of my circumstances that God was not in the forefront of my thoughts. My mind was wrestling with questions like, "Why is this happening to me?" Or, "How am I going to make it?"
My prayer apprenticeship with God has been teaching me to magnify the Lord, not the problem. Have you ever seen the cartoons where the villain uses a spotlight to create an enormous shadow of himself on the wall to frighten the good guy? But in reality the villain is about a tenth the size of his shadow.
That is often what happens when we face a difficult situation. Either the enemy or our flesh blows the problem all out of proportion making it seem much larger than it is. Remember - no matter how gigantic our troubles seem to be, God is MUCH BIGGER and MORE POWERFUL!
Take Away Points:
- There is only one question you need to ask yourself when faced with a seemingly impossible situation: "Is anything too hard for the Lord? (Genesis 18:14 NIV)."
- Refrain from giving undue attention to the problem
- Magnify the Lord by declaring His Word over your situation:
- "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible (Luke 18:27)."
- "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength (Phil. 4:13)."
God orchestrated the details of our trip such that we eventually adopted a beautiful little girl who has grown up to be a godly young lady.