A few months ago, or it may have been a few years ago, I told you about acquiring one of those round vacuums that finds its way around the house picking up stuff.
Well, we recently remembered that we had this wonderful device (we’d put it away at Christmas and, well, just hadn’t gotten it back out). So, we put it on its charger and everything seemed to be fine.
Then we tried to get it to work. We pressed the start button and...nothing. So a little while later, being the mechanically gifted person that I am, I took my screwdriver and started unscrewing things.
The first thing I unscrewed turned out to be a part of the waste storage (yes, I had emptied it before...but there were a couple of screws so…). It turns out “Bob” as we call it, because the company named it “Bob”, had inhaled a small piece of quarter round (no, we hadn’t noticed it was missing).
I figured that had to be the problem. So I tightened the screws and...nothing.
So I started unscrewing more screws. I’d take about 5 out and was trying to get the thing apart when I saw something I had forgotten about. On the side was a little switch that said “on/off” and it was in the “off” position.
I put all the screws back in and, would you believe it, when I flipped the switch to on...it worked perfectly!
It’s so strange: the solution was right there in front of me. All I needed to do was look...but instead I decided to pursue a more complicated solution - that might have actually made the problem worse if I’d kept on trying!
So often, in life, when we face problems, we immediately start looking for the complex solution...a process that, at times, does make our problems worse.
What we really need to do is simply look for the simple solution. Often times that simple solution is right in front of us: in black and white and (sometimes) red.
God created us. He is fully aware of the problems and trials that we face. Fortunately He has provided us with the simple solutions. All we need to do is read them and learn from them.
Lean on God; listen to God; learn from God.
Epilogue: What I learned from “Bob” this week is that there is no problem that is so simple that it cannot be made more complex by me wielding a screwdriver!