The Too Hard Basket
April 20, 2016
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 16:33
Troubles assail us – everyone of us. As the old saying goes – you can run but you can’t hide. Trouble will find us sooner or later and, so it seems – OFTEN. Physical, emotional, financial, spiritual troubles will come and they will wear us out. What do you do when you don’t know what to do?
What do you do and where do you go when trouble hits you smack in the face? Do you run and hide in that secret spot you have where no one can reach you? Do you stay there until you think the storm is over? Or do you ignore trouble until it disappears?
Many years ago I worked for a business that operated state-wide. Whenever the head honcho took vacation he would leave undone tasks in a basket on his desk that he anticipated would be completed by the time he returned from vacation. He never assigned these difficult tasks to anyone in particular–but their completion was expected. Over the years that basket acquired the unofficial name of “Too Hard Basket”. When the boss returned to work nothing would be said if the basket was empty but heads would roll if any task remained undone. What a guy! What a way to deal with problems – let someone else take over!
Do you have a “too hard basket” in your life? What goes into your basket? Maybe something you have always believed would take too much out of you to accomplish? Something that may cause people to laugh at you? Something that is just plain beyond your perceived abilities? Do you put your troubles in your basket and expect others to come along and “fix” them for you? (Isn’t that what spouses are for?).
A much better way to deal with our problems is reflected in a statement by Chuck Swindoll in the book One Step Forward, Two Steps Back “Every problem is an opportunity to prove God’s power. Every day we encounter countless golden opportunities, brilliantly disguised as insurmountable problems.”
The book of John tells us that as Jesus is ready to leave this planet we call Earth, He reminds the Apostles and we who claim Him as Lord and Master that this is His world and He has overcome whatever problems we might have. Get rid of that “too hard basket” you have around your house and rely on the Master of the Universe – Jesus the Son of God.
Prayer – Glorious Father, I need your sometimes gentle and sometimes not so gentle reminder that this is your world. You have given me assurances that I will have problems in this life but not to worry about them because you have overcome the world. May your Holy Spirit remind me that you are my “too hard basket” and my help comes from you, the maker of heaven and earth. Amen.
Fred Dyer, Pastor
Douglas, WY 82633