“Don’t tell God how big your problems are, tell your problems how big your God is.”
Joel Osteen, author and minister
Delilah is my neighbor. And she preaches a powerful sermon for a first grader. Last winter she informed me that with help from her friends they built a snowman, bigger than a grown up and bigger than God. I’ve been thinking about that snowman ever since – especially when the going gets tough. Sometimes my problems seem bigger than God. But one thing I noticed, worry never melted a snowman or solved a problem.
“Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere.”
Erma Bombeck, writer
No matter how big that snowman was, it was just a matter of time before it would be gone and God would still be here. So I guess that would be rule number one for problem solving – give God some time to work things out.
If you think God needs your help, take some action. If that problem is really in the way, what can you do to move it. In the case of the snowman, we can go for a shovel and relocate the snow a little at a time. That might be a little easier than moving our snowman all at once. The same goes for your problem. Maybe it’s too big to handle all at once but just maybe there is a little piece of it you could shovel away. Then when you catch your breath, shovel another piece, then another. Soon, no more snowman – no more problem.
And don’t be afraid to make a mistake with that shovel.
Maybe you don’t get that chunk of snow out-of-the-way on the first try. Maybe you dump it in the wrong place and it creates a new set of problems. This could be a good time to ask yourself a few more questions. Here is a good one to start with. What is funny about this? I’m not sure who said it first but all wise people agree:
“Every survival kit should include a sense of humor.”
“Life is better when you’re laughing.”
How about some more questions.
What does this snowman have to teach me?
“How can I use this experience to help others?”
Remember, you don’t have to shovel alone.
“Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but look what they can do when they stick together.”
Vista M. Kelly, author
Coaches, counselors, pastors, the triple A and AA are all waiting to help you solve your problems.
Snow can be a wonderful thing when it’s handled right; skiing, skating, sledding, snow forts and snowballs all have their place in a winter wonderland. And problems like that big snowman can be a good thing if they stretch our imagination and expand our skills. Look up, don’t give up.
And my final advice, make friends with a first grader.
Thank you, Delilah.
Let it snow.