My daughter came up with a unique way of testing our ability to think “outside the box”, to come up with creative ways of solving problems. Apparently, she had had to do this on a few occasions while growing up in her dad’s home with her brother after their dad and I were divorced. And, with plenty of influence from her paternal grandmother during those years and beyond, her life’s motto became almost as strong as Grandma’s has always been — “just do it”. When you come across a tough situation that you think you can’t handle, there’s always a way to find a solution, so find it and get on with it. Don’t dilly-dally.

Can you paint a wall green without paint?

Can you paint a wall green without paint?

At some point during one of their conversations years ago, she decided to see how her first husband would handle an apparent impossible situation by posing this question to him: “If you were told to paint a wall green, but you had no paint, and you could use anything in the house to paint it with, what would you do?” His response is like many of ours would be, I’m sure. “There’s no way. You can’t paint without paint. That’s ridiculous. Stupid.” Some years later, she posed the same question to her brother. “Oh, that’s easy”, he said. “Get some water, a little flour to thicken, and green food coloring.”

See the difference?

Once again referring back to movies, I can’t help but recall one of the main characters in the books/movie Lemony Snickett’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. The older sister, would always tie her hair up with a ribbon when she would begin to think of a plan, a way out of their current predicament. Her motto, if you’d like to call it that, is “There’s always a way”.

One of my favorite quotes is from Joel Osteen. “You have to realize that you serve a supernatural God, and just because you don’t see a way doesn’t mean that God doesn’t have a way.” I guess this would be my motto.

You are much more valuable to God than this little sparrow!

You are much more valuable to God than this little sparrow!

Somehow, we must learn to look past bad circumstances and events, situations, etc. as if they can never be changed, or they’re always going to be the same and never get better. It’s possible that if we will change our point of view, they may indeed stay the same, but WE will have changed and that makes the situation different. Or, the situation may change only when we start looking outside the box for a positive resolution. Either way, wherever we find ourselves, in whatever level of despair, frustration, or hopelessness, “nothing is impossible with God”.

As long as there is a God in Heaven, there is hope. Nothing escapes Him, He is aware of even a sparrow falling from a tree top. You are so much more valuable to Him than a sparrow. He feeds them, he clothes the lillies of the field, roses to dandelions. He’s totally invested in you and everything that concerns you, so you can have confidence in His ability to care for even the small, insignificant upsetting things in your life.

Let's get out of the box this year, and trust God!

Let’s get out of the box this year, and trust God!

Let’s start thinking outside the box this year. Let’s look for the unusual to happen to change things for the better for you and your family, your friends. God is supernatural, you know. Let’s expect better and not the same old stuff to happen. Start thinking bigger, better, out of the norm. God is a big God and He wants to bless you and give you an abundant life.

I’m looking forward to what God has going on this new year. I just can’t help but be excited, even in the face of the gloom and doom prophets and naysayers. It’s when the world is at its darkest that God shows up the biggest and best! If your heart is right before Him, you are in line for a miracle!

So, what do you say? Let’s get out of the box, shall we?