Food for Thought: Problems Solved!

Food for Thought: Problems Solved!

by Ardith Hoff

A businessman walked into a bank in New York City and asked for a $100 loan.  He offered his luxury Mercedes car as collateral.  Since the collateral was worth far more than $100 the bank manager quickly approved the loan.  A year later, the man came back.  He repaid the loan and the 10% interest and was ready to collect his car.  Finally, the puzzled bank manager asked him: "Excuse me, sir did you really need that $100 so badly that in order to get the money, you left your luxury car with us for a whole year!"  The man replied, "That's simple, where else in New York City can I find such a great parking place for just $10 a year?"  Problem solved!

In a less plausible story, a little mouse was lost, in a dense woods, unable to find his way out.  He came upon a wise old owl sitting in a tree. "Please help me, wise old owl.  How can I get out of these woods?" asked the mouse.

"Easy," said the owl, "Grow wings and fly out, as I do." 

"But how can I grow wings?" asked the mouse. 

The owl looked at the mouse slyly, and said, "I think I can help you with that," then swooped down and gobbled up the mouse.  Problem solved!

Sometimes there are clever and sensible ways to solve our problems, and other times we are more like the silly little mouse and look to the wrong source for help.  We need to be ever vigilant to make sure we are consulting the right source for help in solving our problems. 

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”  James 1: 2-4

"Accepting Christ as our savior won’t make all of your problems go away, but your greatest problem will be resolved.  John 16:33 teaches us that believers are not immune from problems, but Romans 6:23 tells us that Christ resolves our greatest problem.” Dr. Chris Kouba  

When in doubt, if we prayerfully consult the word of God, chances are: “PROBLEMS SOLVED!”