On my commute the other morning, I was trying to figure out how to solve world peace.
No, I wasn’t. But that’s the type of thing I contemplate in my car. I was actually thinking about some kids I work with. They are kindergarten through 3rd graders and they are smart. I mean, if you met them you might think they are just average kids but you’d be underestimating how smart average kids are. Although they’d never seen one before, they could immediately tell that the fitness tracker on my wrist was something electronic (it’s disguised to look like it’s not). Think about the brain power that it takes to jump from “that looks like a normal bracelet” to “that has electronics in it”.
So these kids are smart but they act out and many of them don’t know or know much about God or Jesus. While I’m sitting in my car, I’m going through this whole thought process of it not being their fault or their parents fault. Even though learning at their age comes mainly from parents, few parents are child psychologists so they are (more or less) taking a shot in the dark at the best ways to teach their kids about spirituality.
My mind scrolled through potential ways of solving problems like this.I was getting frustrated because every solution seemed to present another (usually bigger) problem. At this point, I literally threw my hands up in defeat, thinking “Well, I must not be meant to solve that problem because I’m incapable of coming up with a satisfactory solution”.
So I turned on the radio hoping to drown out that thought process before it created any more anxiety. The first lyrics that rang out were:
He made the lame walk, and the dumb talk
And He opened blinded eyes to see
That the sun rises on His time,
yet He knows our deepest desperate need.
And the world waits, while His heart aches,
To realize the dream.
I wonder what life would be like if we let Jesus live through you and me
The full video is below and I highly recommend watching it if you can. What a great reminder that I don’t need to shy away from a problem because I don’t have the answer.
Since I seem to be a perpetual student who doesn’t cheat, I am conditioned to rely on myself to pass tests. But in the test of life, we get to cheat. We get to ask God for his strength and ask Jesus to live through us. He can solve problems ten zillion times bigger than mine so, by inviting him in, I can take on otherwise insurmountable problems.