“I used to think that God’s gifts were on shelves one above the other; and that the taller we grew in Christian character the easier we could reach them. I now find that God’s gifts are on shelves one beneath the other; and it is not a question of growing taller but of stooping lower; and that we have to go down, always down, to get His best gifts.” F.B. Meyer, 1847-1929, long time Pastor and inner city activist
There was once a beautiful city, an elegant place full of sophisticated, highly intelligent, well dressed, affluent people. What a spot!
You would think that a city this beautiful would be a truly satisfied place, where contentment would drift sweetly through the streets like the reassurance of an expensive perfume. Except it wasn’t and it didn’t. The people grumbled, muttered, sighed and worried. They were restless and bored, frequently heartbroken and frustrated.
How could this be? To put it bluntly the problem was large, overwhelming:
There was no way out of the city.
You see, this city, beautiful in so many ways, was surrounded by impenetrable walls. Walls that reached further than anyone could measure. And when there is no way out of something, anything, even a beautiful city can become a prison.
Naturally, the sophisticated, highly intelligent, well dressed and affluent people of the city had planned and strategized, they had invented any manner of shiny, beautifully designed wall-destroying gadgets. Eventually they had even pooled their considerable resources and funded a cutting edge weapon’s program to deal with the problem once and for all.
But the walls refused to budge and the people went back to their drawing boards. There was talk that a young boy had found a perfectly easy way under the wall simply by kneeling down, but as kneeling was not in vogue, nobody knew if this was true. All they knew was that the young boy and his parents had disappeared one day, never to be seen again. But the people were so busy with their drawing boards that they did not stop to ask why.
“The shortest distance between a problem and a solution is the distance between your knees and the floor. The one who kneels to the Lord can stand up to anything.” Author Unknown
You only have to watch 10 minutes of any news channel to know that so many of us are facing a world of seemingly insurmountable problems – hurricanes, redundancies, power outages, violence, the loss and abuse of trust, debt, wars and rumors of wars. We are fast running out of sophisticated, highly intelligent answers. Often we are told lies dressed up as the truth.
We cannot think our way, speak our way, ignore or deny our way out of the hard places that we find ourselves in. The only way out is to kneel, because the other side of the wall is the answer.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16, v33, NIV
He believes in you.