See beyond the problem

I recall hearing a story about a man walking along the beach with his son.  As they walked, they noticed that hundreds of starfish had been washed upon the shore.  The son, moved with compassion, began picking up the starfish and throwing them back into the ocean.  As his father thought about how many starfish were on the shore, he told his son, “You can’t believe you can save all of these starfish.  There are just too many.”  Without missing a beat, the son reached down, grabbed another starfish, threw it back into the ocean, and said, “Well, I just saved that one.”

People who have faith can look at a situation and see potential where others see problems.  What others deem impossible, people with faith confess the possibilities.  Joshua was a lot like the son rescuing starfish.  While the other 10 spies doubted that the Israelites could inherit the promised land, Joshua was determined to succeed.  In the midst of complaints and insecurities, Joshua said, “… if the Lord is pleased with us, he will bring us safely into that land and give it to us” (Numbers 14:8, New Living Translation).

We’re living in a time when circumstances are making people lose hope, but don’t let the recession convince you that God is not able.  Like Joshua and the son determined to rescue the starfish, see beyond the problem.  Let your faith remind you that the Lord will provide!