My grandson, Jonathan, had a little church service the other day. He
got his songbook and sang, "Standing on the problems, I say." Then he
said, "I want to pray." He reached out and took my hand and bowed his
little head and said, "Thank you, God, for the food and thank you for
the bread." Then he once again looked down at his songbook and sang,
"Standing on the problems, I say."
I got to thinking about that today and understood why those words would
make sense to him. Standing on promises (what the song really says)
makes no sense to a two-and-a-half-year-old, or, as he likes to say, an
almost-three-year-old. Why would you want to stand on promises people
make to you? That would be rude, wouldn't it?
But standing on problems is another thing. Why not! Stand on them, stomp on them, make them dust beneath your feet!
Jonathan took the words of the song literally (he knows no other way to
take them), and standing on problems probably seemed like the only
logical thing the song could be saying. And his sweet, innocent
thoughts are a reminder to me to take comfort in the truth that when I
stand on the promises of God, He will be there to help me through my
trials and tribulations and help me deal with the problems that beset
So, standing on the promises of God, I know I can stand on my problems and defeat them. I heard it from the mouth of a babe.
February 23, 2009