What Am I Grateful for Today…Thinking Through a Problem

13 God said to Noah, “The end has come for all creatures, since they have filled the earth with violence. I am now about to destroy them along with the earth, 14 so make a wooden ark. Make the ark with nesting places and cover it inside and out with tar. 15 This is how you should make it: four hundred fifty feet long, seventy-five feet wide, and forty-five feet high. 16 Make a roof for the ark and complete it one foot from the top. Put a door in its side. In the hold below, make the second and third decks (Genesis 6:13-16, Common English Bible).

I never claimed to be a great photographer. Before you start laughing at my picture, I recognize it is far from a great picture. It does, however, help convey my point.

You may not recognize either item in the picture on the left above. On the left side of the picture is a hard rubber hook. On the right is a hook fashioned from a piece of coat hanger wire covered with paracord.

I posted on Facebook a few weeks back, Cindy bought me a new guitar.  It came with no strap buttons. Most strap buttons require drilling a hole in the body of the guitar. That is not something I wanted to do. The answer is simple enough. By a neck strap made to use with a classical guitar. If you have ever seen Willie Nelson playing on his guitar, “Trigger,” you have seen the type of strap of which I speak.

So, I went to Amazon thinking I would buy one. I was unable to find one I like. The pic on the left is just such a strap but it is really too small to use with a guitar. It is made for a ukelele.

I decided I would make me one so I went in search of the needed supplies. I figured I could use paracord. While some people use duct tape for everything, I come pretty close with paracord. The problem came when I started looking for that hook. I have spent several hours searching the internet to no avail. I still feel like one is probably there but I just can’t find it.

I decided I would attempt to make a hook using a piece of coat hanger wire. My first attempt failed. It was way too big. I couldn’t get the hook into the sound hole without stretching the strings, possibly to the point of breaking them. I was looking for something else on the web and saw something that with some modifications might work. I bent the wire as necessary and then covered it with paracord. It works, just as I intended.

God gave us brains and the ability to use them. I was able to sit down and figure out a solution to my problem. I was able to think my way through the problem.

I can’t figure my way through every problem. My math skills, for example, are limited. I might not be able to think through that problem. But this one was different. No math was involved.

Noah had a problem too. God gave Noah an assignment. God told Noah how big to build the ark. God said what materials Noah should use. God went on to talk about the purpose of the ark. Nowhere in Scripture does God give Noah instructions for how he was to get things done. Noah had to use the brain God gave him to think his way through the problem.

I am aware that my dinky guitar clip is nothing compared to what Noah did. Still, I had a problem and God showed me a way, helped me think my way through the problem. For me, it all comes down to, God gave all of us brains and God expects us to use them. If you use the abilities God gave you, you might be surprised at how much you can do.

Today I am grateful for the ability to think my way through a problem. What are you grateful for today? Write it down in your journal and then go out and share that gratitude with someone else.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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