But all of the exciting surprises of home ownership is only one area in which life confronts you with ever new challenges. Ask any parent if their lifestyle changed when their first child was born. How in the world could such a little bundle, so cute and cuddly, cost so much?! With all of the prospective shopping you did, and all the showers and grandparents’ presents, you thought your child was set for clothes for life. Who would’ve thought that kid would outgrow nearly everything in two months! How could baby food and formula for one little baby cost almost as much as full meals for both mom and dad? And that doesn’t include those disposable diapers that keep disposing of your income.
Then there’s the continual expense of owning cars. Something always has to be done to one of your vehicles. You’d buy a new one, but that would mean a huge new payment every month on into eternity. And someone’s always needing new clothes, a pair of shoes, a haircut, a perm, a tool, some fee for school. You can’t believe how much new eyeglasses are going to cost. And someone’s always having to go to the doctor or needing a prescription filled.
Then, there’s all of those completely unexpected challenges life throws at you. A husband gets laid off from his job. A grandparent or parent is diagnosed with a serious illness. Someone moves in next door who’s prepared their entire life just to make your life miserable, and they’re really good at it! After awhile you start to get tired, frustrated, impatient. Sometimes, you feel like pulling your hair out and running down the street screaming. What do you do?
Turn it over to God. I know that may sound trite, but it’s not. We can’t fix some things, and some things we can fix will break again. Some things are just going to happen, no matter what- it’s part of life. Sometimes there are no answers that we can see. But God knows all the answers (Jas. 1:5), and nothing is impossible for Him (Isa. 50:2; Lk. 1:37; Eph. 3:20). Let Him have your problems, your worries, your frustrations, your hurts. Learn to just turn it over to God...