What do you do with a hot potato?

Don't get burned by it!

Recently, I've begun turning to God, not just when I'm up against a wall but as my normal way of dealing with every detail of my experience. It all started one day as I was struggling with a sticky human relationship. I needed to stop trying to solve the problem on my own and to let God take over. And I was trying to do just that. But it felt as if the situation were a hot potato that I was trying to toss to God, thinking, "Here, You take it," but it kept dropping right back into my hands. No matter how hard I tried to yield my will to God's I couldn't seem to do it. Finally, I prayed, "All right, God, You're going to have to show me how to yield, too, along with how to solve the problem." Then, in my thought, I heard God telling me, "Don't yield the issue to Me, yield to Me as the issue."

I caught the shift in emphasis at once. By holding on to this difficulty and then at the same time trying to give it to God, I was accepting it as a real and powerful thing. I was starting from the premise that I was a mortal, independent of God, with relationships that were sometimes good and sometimes bad, and then trying to get God to help me straighten out this bad one.

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