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A Stuck Situation
January 4, 2009, 11:40 pm
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Sometimes a ‘stuck’ situation requires a new perspective.

I helped a friend of mine put together a desk she had purchased from Ikea this afternoon. She had gotten the basic shape of the desk, but felt that something wasn’t quite right even though she followed the instructions. She thought to better to stop instead of going further to avoid messing anything else up.

When I got there and looked at the desk, sure enough, one piece just didn’t line up like it was supposed to. I glanced at the instructions and it appeared that everything had been done correctly. But I could clearly see that one piece didn’t line up like it should have. After a minute of looking over the instructions once again, looking back at the desk, I found the problem. One end of the desk had an overhang that wasn’t flush with this piece.

The solution was simple. Turn the piece 180 degrees. But could it really be that simple? Had she really missed something that easy? Where the directions really correct? Yes. While the directions were correct, it was easy to misinterpret because they hadn’t specifically shown which end faced forward.

I thought about how we sometimes find ourselves in situations or circumstances that we just can’t figure out. We’ve read the directions and done what was required (or so we think), but something’s just not clicking. What we need is a fresh pair of eyes, a new perspective on the issue. We need to see it how God would.

Isaiah 55:8,9 says it this way, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD… “so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

God doesn’t look at our situations and circumstances the way we do. Our timetables are not the same. If a year to us is a day to Him, then He can see far more than we could ever hope. As a result His plans for our lives are much more planned than we could ever know. If we could only learn this truth and yield to His plans and purposes our lives, how much easier would things be?


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