I was dashing about yesterday trying to buy my Mum some plant pots for her birthday, I know, I know plant pots don’t seem like a very exciting birthday present, but she loved them. Or at least she pretended to. Personally, if you turned up with plant pots for me on my birthday, I’m gonna plant you in them. Just saying. But, anyways, I don’t know if you have tried to buy any garden supplies recently, but it seems with the lockdown that it is very difficult to access any at the minute, they are in very short supply. There wasn’t much selection and what was available wasn’t great but, hey what’s a girl to do when she leaves gift buying to the actual day of a birthday! Sorry, day after in fact. I know this is one of my great downfalls, some many call it disorganised. I like to say, I thrive under pressure.
As the lack of variety drove me to buy only what was available, I started frantically looking for something to make the gift a little more interesting, and in gardening sections there is not a lot. Well, I could have bought her a pink flamingo metal garden ornament. I wasn’t feeling it. Gloves, basket liners, solar lights in the shape of rocks, at one point I even considered a bug magnifier that caught my attention for more than a minute. It didn’t really have if I’m honest, but I thought it was really cool. If you have ever seen one, really it’s just like a little transparent cup with a magnifying lid. Assuming you like collecting bugs or worms, you could put them inside and see all its wee bits in closer detail; totally the kind of thing I would have loved as a kid.
This morning I was listening to a podcast while taking my son to work. The minister was discussing, along with a lot of other things, about how we see the size of our problems and rationalising it with, will it matter a week or year from now?
It brought me back to that little bug jar, and got me thinking how often I peer into that bug jar of my problems and they are magnified. I spend lots of time examining them, lots of time talking about them, and even praying about them, and all the time I’m looking through this lid that is magnifying them way beyond what they actually are.
When in actual fact, what should be at the other side of that magnifying glass is God in my life. What I should be looking at is the magnitude of his presence, his peace, his power, his love, his grace. And yet sometimes I see these in reverse, almost like I am looking through the wrong end of binoculars, when instead sometimes I allow God to seem like this tiny far off thing, out of reach. Compared to my huge magnified problem.
I wonder today how many of us are peering into the bug jar of our problems.
Here is what the Bible says
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT
Trusting God means despite all the trouble you may face that you will still turn to him and believe his good for your life.
Also today, I wonder how many of us are looking at God with the wrong end of our binoculars!
Here is what the Bible says
“The Lord is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth.”
Psalms 145:18 NLT
What are you magnifying in your life?
Today I want to ask you, is there any area you need to ditch the bug jar or turn your binoculars the right way round?
Do you need to call out to God, is there something you need to trust God with, do you need to take your eyes off the problem and focus on God instead?