November 17, 2017
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Stones are neutral in nature. They can be a problem or part of a solution to a problem. I thought of this recently when admiring a set of stone steps. The stones of those steps, when they were still scattered about on the ground, could easily have become stumbling stones for a person walking or running. But those stones were gathered and carefully put into the right place with mortar and now provide solid steps. The stoney steps illustrated for me how we can deal with our problems in two ways.
Problems aren’t much fun. I’d rather not have to deal with them. To me, an ideal day is a day without problems, but that’s not going to happen, at least not very often. So then the issue becomes one of what to do with the problems that come our way.
God has given us the amazing ability to respond to a problem instead of reacting. We can decide how best to solve a problem. If a problem persistently remains unsolvable we still have the choice of how we will live with the problem.
Stones can either cause us to stumble, bringing us down, or they can be crafted into steps, taking us higher. The choice is ours. Problems are much like stones, and the choice is ours as to what we do with them, stumbling over them or using them to take us to a new level.
“The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” (Psalm 37:23-24)