See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
-Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)
One of the kitchen jobs my mom occasionally used to give me was peeling potatoes. And, I hated it. Our peeler had to be at least 50 years old and was duller than a butter knife. Besides, my hands were too small, weak and uncoordinated to properly hold the peeler. I tried using a paring knife, but could never manage to peel just the skin without a one-inch chunk of potato attached. I always swore that when I had a family, we’d never have mashed potatoes that didn’t start out as tiny flakes from a box.
Fast-forward 30 years and you’ll often find me in my kitchen doing what? Peeling potatoes.
Turns out, I have a teenaged daughter who absolutely loves mashed potatoes. And, the real thing truly is so much better. Fortunately, my hands are now bigger and more coordinated and I have a sharp peeler with a soft, ergonomically designed handle. So, while it’s not my favorite thing to do, I don’t despise peeling potatoes like I used to.
I’ve grown. I have better tools. What used to be a big problem is now manageable.
We all have problems that are way bigger than peeling potatoes. Perhaps you have an issue from your past that is challenging you once again. The problem may be the same, but, hopefully, you are not! Know that God has been at work in your life, using every experience to grow you emotionally and spiritually. Trust that God has given you the tools you need to face your difficulties head-on.
So, the next time you’re staring an old, scary problem in the face, don’t worry. Just remember…you have God, you have grown and you have better tools.
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