Pastor's Monthly Message.....March..2016

Life's Problems

A life problem, like a mathematical problem is something to be solved according to some formula, set aside, and then forgotten. That of course, is what we hope for in life.
Sometimes, we pray under our breath and say "Let life not be too hard today". We look forward to a day when problems will level off. We seem to think that often a challenge has passed, a sickness has passed, or after the closets are ordered, there will come a time of peace. Not so!
Problems are a part of our human condition, the ebb and flow of a world which we are only visiting. There is absolutely no escape from them. Helen Keller, who ought to know, is quoted as saying about this security; "It is mostly superstition. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer is the long run than outright exposure. Life is a daring adventure or it is nothing".
But sometimes the danger of living can overwhelm us. We wonder if we can manage our problems or if they will manage us. We possibly could handle them if they would come one at a time and give us sufficient breaks, but they often flood us. We frantically search our resources and seem to come up empty.
This is when we need to remember the message of the Gospel of Jesus. To God, nothing in impossible and we are not alone. We were not born to fail. He who knows us longer than we can remember can give us back to ourselves however much evidence we can collect to the contrary. He knows that we have the power within us to meet every problem with His help. Eleanor Roosevelt used to carry the following prayer in her purse, "Our Father, who set restlessness in our hearts and made us all seekers after that which we cannot fully find, keep us at tasks too hard for us, that we may be driven to thee for strength". We must never doubt that He can deliver.

Pastor Hans Lillejord