Every problem has a solution: God as we understand Him.

It’s with great relief that I believe the title of this post. Not so many years ago I would have scoffed if someone told me to go to God with a problem. I can still hear my words. “Are you kidding me? God? I think not!”  How recovery has changed my life. And absolutely for the better.

I have come to believe that every thing that happens has been “charted” to happen, and every person I meet, I agreed, at another place and time long forgotten, to meet. I don’t need to fret about any situation, unless I choose to. Worrying can be a response I no longer make. Trusting that I will always be in the right place, learning what I next need to know, is comforting. Very comforting.

Perhaps these are ideas you don’t believe yet. There is no time table for what we need to learn. Or believe. And in fact, we don’t ever have to share in the belief that God can help us handle any situation that faces us. In fact, God does not need us to believe in Him to make His presence felt. God simply is. Our belief or not doesn’t change the truth of His presence. And that’s a truth I now cherish.

Until I walked into the rooms of recovery in 1974, I was convinced I was very much alone. And the thought that “all these people in these rooms” believed in a Higher Power made me pretty uncomfortable. I was quite satisfied as an atheist, not understanding that my lack of faith in a God of any kind was what made me so anxious, so fearful about what might happen next in my life. That there was a plan unfolding in my life was too farfetched for me to accept.

Believing in God as the solution for the struggles I may create in my life has lessened my need to struggle.  In fact, believing in a God of my understanding has changed how I respond in every situation I face and with every person I meet. Can I claim never to feel a bit anxious? No. However, any time I am fearful it’s only because I have momentarily forgotten the truth of my life.

What is true for me is true for you too. And you don’t have to agree for it to be true. The payoff of believing it, however, is that you can be “easy” about your life. You can be peaceful every minute rather than fretting over an outcome that will be perfect, even though you can’t control it. Trusting in a God as the solution for our life problems frees us. This trust has freed me to live, day by day, with the comfort that my experiences are perfect for who I am “being groomed to be.”

What a no brainer life is, when we understand how it actually unfolds. Wouldn’t you agree?




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