Lay down your problems long enough to gaze at Me. Picture yourself standing at the edge of an ocean, on a beach covered with pebbles. The pebbles represent problems - yours, your family's, your friends', the world's. As you pick up these small stones and hold them close to your eyes - examining their details - they obscure your view of the grandeur all around you. Usually, as soon as you put down one pebble - problem, you pick up another. Thus, you fail to enjoy the beauty of My presence and to receive My help.
Isn't that so true? We gaze at our problems so intensely, we miss seeing God. There may be a time and place to gaze that intensely at our problems. However, wouldn't it be better to pick up the pebble and look at it with the view of the ocean at the same time? Thus, you can see God in light of the problem. Obviously, the problem will look so small in contrast to the ocean. Wouldn't this be a better way to view our challenges of life?
I like this word picture and I am using it to face my current challenges: my finances, my work, the impending death of my mother. Do you know that God has all of these in his hands? It is when we want to inspect our problems so intensely without God in the picture that our anxiety and stress level increases. So, I challenge you to imagine your life in the words of Sarah Young, God as the ocean and your problems as the pebbles. As you pick up your pebbles, never let the ocean out of your eyesight. Of course, maybe you should never pick up those pebbles. After all, he who brought those pebbles on shore can take them away. Don't lose sight of the ocean.