Don't Overcomplicate Things.


“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” - Matthew 7:7


I used to think that I could figure things out on my own. I guess there are some things I can, but now I know that I don't have to do anything on my own.

I was in Baltimore last weekend, and I was reminded of a time when I was headed to a friend’s birthday dinner there and got lost. This was about 12 years ago when Google Maps wasn’t a thing.

All I had were printed directions to get me to the restaurant for my friend’s celebration. I thought the directions were pretty straightforward, but after about twenty minutes of driving, I realized that I was lost.

I tried to get myself back on course, but I didn’t do a great job. I was still lost. Very lost.

I started freaking out, and I called my mom to see if she could help. She asked me to tell her what the street signs said, and I did.

And then the most unexpected thing happened—my mom started laughing.

“What’s so funny?” I asked. How can she be laughing when I’m in the middle of a crisis?

“You’re right down the street from the house!” she said.

Somehow I wound up in a circle, and I was back to where I started. Let’s just say that I’ve never been very good at following directions.

My pride took a big hit that day, but I let my mom guide me to the restaurant. And not to my surprise, I didn’t get lost with her help.

A mentor once told me to surround myself with the thinking that outthinks me. If it’s my thinking that got me into a situation, it’s likely not going to be my thinking that gets me out.

Isn’t that what Jesus teaches us too? To surround ourselves with the ultimate source of thinking that outthinks us, the Word of God.

In 2 Kings 5, there’s a story about a man with leprosy named Naaman. He was the commander of the army of the king of Aram.

A servant girl told Naaman’s wife that he should go to the prophet in Samaria who will heal him. So Naaman went to see Elisha, the man of God.

When Naaman arrived at Elisha’s house, Elisha sent a messenger to tell him, “Go, wash seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.” (2 Kings 5:10)

Naaman was angry about the simple solution that Elisha gave him. He expected Elisha to do some grandeur act to heal him.

“I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?” - 2 Kings 5:11-12

Naaman went off in a rage, but his servants helped put things into perspective for him. In 2 Kings 5:13, they said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed!'”

So he followed Elisha’s instructions and was healed.

We often overcomplicate situations when there’s a simple solution—trust God. And sometimes it takes someone outside of yourself to help you to put things into perspective.

Trust God when He gives you a simple solution and when He gives you an "impossible" one.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” - Matthew 7:7

One thing I learned the hard way is to always ask for help when needed. Asking for help doesn’t make you look weak, it makes you look wise.

Wise people know they can’t do everything on their own, and even wiser people know they don't have to.

Don’t overcomplicate things ;).

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- Mags