(September 27, 2022) Maureen McQuillan shares and challenges…

Okay, Robert wrote about me this month… Now I’ll write about him!

In his article Robert admitted to doing something stupid. Here’s another example… I needed a towel rail fitted upstairs. A simple towel rail, mind you, but a frustrated Robert (I know… he’s human!) was having difficulty with this job and, a bit edgy, finally gave up.

Finding me downstairs, he reported – no, moaned: ‘How am I ever going to get those two rails into their holding brackets and fitted to the wall! I’ve followed the instructions… there’s no leeway I can manipulate everything into position.’ 

God assists
Instantly I saw the simplicity of the solution to his ‘problem.’ (Or rather God the Holy Spirit was assisting by showing me the answer, one which Robert had missed). And so I casually shared it with him.

Well, Robert just stared at me. I, naturally, didn’t say a thing! Then, wordless, he snucked off back upstairs. A few minutes later he was back with me all smiles and happy, job completed. I smiled too and we laughed at the simplicity of it all.

Within moments Robert had got the job done. A seeming complicated job had proved so incredibly easy!

This incident raises a question that requires us being honest about answering. How often do we complicate matters by worrying or getting upset, even frustrated when we only have to ask God and trust that His Holy Spirit will bring us a solution that is so often so simple?

God answers
One of the great truths and comforting revelations about Almighty God is that there is no problem or challenge bigger than He is! He has answers for all that we may face or have to decide on. And the power to deliver! He doesn’t just promise, He delivers. (Even convenient parking spots that I’ve prayed for!).

Admittedly not always as we wish, but He works something out. The point is that all we have to do, and should always do, is to ask Him in faith. Then, when we receive an answer whether through His word – the scriptures – or through a prophetic word, or directly to our heart or mind, our next step is to trust Him and follow His leading.

Experience proves that when we trust our ‘big’ God, it doesn’t matter whatever aspect of life the problem or challenge relates to… repairs, spiritual, mental, health, finance, vision, career, family, marriage, ministry, the future or…! God has the answer and cares enough to inform us.

One of my favourite scriptures is Proverbs 3:5-6 – it’s great advice… and comforting! ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.’

Now that’s simple, isn’t it? Message version makes it even clearer, if not more dramatic: ‘Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the one who will keep you on track.’ 

God achieves
It’s how we approach the challenges that life brings, how well we know our God and how we trust Him that determines how successful we’ll be in winning through.

Firstly we need a clear vision that our God is indeed well able to help! Read Jeremiah 29:11-13 (not just that oft-quoted verse 11 only!) and be encouraged.

Also we mustn’t hold onto anything that would hold us back, such as negative thoughts, lack of believing in God that we can overcome, or criticisms by others, or wrongly thinking that we’re unworthy. If you don’t dream – that is believe – about overcoming and breaking through, you won’t!

Our ‘big God’ is the God of achievement! Jeremiah 17:7 says, ‘… blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.’ 

Think of all those challenges that various biblical characters had and God helped achieve their victory. He is able to help you to achieve too.

God accepts
Now, we must also have a right attitude about God and ourselves. Let’s stop knocking ourselves, putting ourselves down. Having a defeatist attitude about self, life, the present and the future leads to lost or smashed dreams, hopes and visions!

You are capable of achieving much in life. Believe in yourself and draw delight from whatever God has you into. Where do you derive the most pleasure? Surely it’s from following Jesus. He had the right attitude towards His heavenly Father. We all should always have the right attitude to God and His plans, and to yourself and life itself. And towards others for that matter.

Thank God for the health, strength and time you have. Treat life as a gift and a great adventure. Build on your strengths; don’t concentrate on the weaknesses or past failings. Determine to be a winner. Have confidence in God!

One very important attitude we must know is this… God accepts our prayers! David was confident of this. He wrote so in these psalms…

  • Psalm 6:9, ‘The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer.’
  • Psalm 34:17, ‘The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.’
  • Psalm145:19, ‘He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; He hears their cry and saves them.’

And David taught this truth to his son, Solomon… Proverbs 15:9, ‘…He hears the prayer of the righteous.’

God acts
Again and again, scriptures tell us that our ‘big God’ is the God of action! I don’t need really need to quote scriptures about that! You’ll have read many, I trust! But I quote one about us James 2:17, ‘… faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.’

You can have all the theory right; plan things, dream big and make hundreds of decisions to do the right thing. But until you act, do something, it’s all talk.

Sure we can ask friends and others for help; but above all we should ask the God of action! After all, who knows the future of these dark days better than the one who’s there already? Get His answers… which are often so simple and easy to follow. You’ll also get His help and strength.

Simple, isn’t it? Yes indeed, but… oh we can complicate it all by acting wrongly –

  • Thinking it’s too heavy even for God.
  • Not being patient enough.
  • Looking only at the circumstances or symptoms.
  • Letting doubt and the enemy lie to us.
  • Not trusting God and His word.

In other words… making it difficult in our little minds.

Jeremiah 29:12 is so comforting, ‘… call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.’ We can call on our God in confidence and He will act on our behalf. But… we too must act!

By the way, the parking spot I had asked for today wasn’t vacant! But, believing God had heard my humbly-requested prayer, we felt to drive around other lanes for a few moments and there was the space I’d believe for. It had become vacant! Sometimes we just have to drive around the block… that too is action.

Now that’s simple, isn’t it? To quote A.W. Tozer… ‘It is God who works in and through us, if only we would let God do His work.

Maureen McQuillan’s link for questions and encouragements is
OnlinerConnect@gmail.com / Link: Problems.


  1. It may encourage Robert to know I am also one of those men for whom DIY jobs are not my strongest attribute. Fortunately, Maureen, I also have a wife who is much more practical and able to be a ‘problem solver’ often coming to my aid. Like you we also believe in and have proved tha our God is bigger than any ‘life’ problem we may encounter.

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