“The key is this: Meet today’s problems with today’s strength. Don’t start tackling tomorrow’s problems until tomorrow. You do not have tomorrow’s strength yet. You simply have enough for today.” – Max Lucado
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. – Philippians 4:6
Enigma: “someone or something that is difficult to understand or explain” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary
“Miller get over here NOW!”
Dust flew with each of Miller’s steps as he ran the safe route to sergeant Wright.
“Hold these wires steady. I’m trying to figure out how this thing works. You got it?”
Private Miller never thought he would be in this situation, but here he was, holding a couple wires steady while his sergeant and friend worked on the dismantlement. He could feel his forehead beading up with sweat. But whose wasn’t? It was probably 110 degrees Fahrenheit in the shade, and they were smack dab in the middle of the blazing sun.
“Stupid bombs, stupid war, stupid people…”
He thought, considering that his life was in jeopardy for something he could care less about.
“Stupid, stupid, stupid… Why did I decide on the Army again? So stupid!”
The thoughts continued.
But this was his job now. No reason to wonder why. No reason to rebel. Sometimes people just end up places they don’t want to be, doing things they don’t want to do, for all the right reasons in the world.
Has that ever been you? Have you ever wondered, “Why me? Why now? Why this?” We all have. And it doesn’t help. The answer is elusive at best. We’ve all heard the rebuttal, “Why NOT me..?” But that doesn’t necessarily help. It maybe gives some purpose to our predicament, but it doesn’t necessarily make it, “More better,” as a kid would say. There are times in our lives when we’ll all be faced with problems. Problems that aren’t ours. A homeless man, deathbeds, love lost, depression, suicide, a missing teen. The list could fill pages and pages. It’s not our job to decide the problems we get to face and take care of on that list. Our problem is what we’re going to do about the problem right in front of us. Soldiers at war have to face the problems of improvised explosive devices, insurgents, enemies, bullets and bombs. You can’t just pass by a roadside bomb. It will kill you! Something has to be done about it. Do we face problems we see in the same way?
“You’re free Miller. We did it. Another helpless bomb to add to the collection.”
The words of sergeant Wright replayed in Josh Millers head over and over as he lay trying to go to sleep that night. “We did it…” “Another helpless bomb?”
The problems we face can become helpless, when we choose to act with Jesus. We’ll be hurt. Not every bomb will be defused so simply. Not every life will be saved. But with Jesus there is peace. Peace that there is more. Peace that war and hurt and grief will one day be no more. Peace that as the Bible says, “Passes all understanding.” * With the peace of Jesus, war is helpless.
Daily Journaling Questions:
How did I help someone in kindness today?
What did I learn today?
What am I thankful for?
Who did I love today?
What am I dreaming of?
What about today do I want to remember forever?
What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,