by ALisa Casas
Solution Without a Problem
Did you know that when Arthur Fry created the glue that is used on sticky notes, he called it his “solution without a problem” because while it was unique, there was no recognizable use for it (Post-it note, Wikipedia)? It would take nearly ten years to develop what would come to be known as the Post It or sticky note. It would take another several years before the public caught on to the myriad of uses for sticky notes.
Did you know that sticky notes are strong enough to keep a family in motion?
When your family is going in four different directions and your to-do list is longer than your today, sticky notes can make a world of difference. A sticky note can be a reminder to pick one child up from practice and deliver another child to rehearsal or it can be a grocery list reminder. A sticky note can tell your family where to find dinner: in the oven, in the fridge, or in the peanut butter jar. Sticky notes are great little reminder tools.
What’s better than a sticky note when you need a reminder?
But what’s even better than a sticky note? The timely reminder and discerning words from a friend reminding you of promises are like honey to your soul.
When life gets truly difficult and you can’t see outside of your circumstances, it is a short step to flailing around and asking “Why, God?” and getting so lost in the pain that we forget to look up. Sometimes it is nearly impossible to recall the many, many times that God has carried us through difficult circumstances. Even though pain has no volume, it can be loud enough to drown the hardiest soul and quench even the fieriest passion. It is in these moments that He has already provided safety and shelter for us. As we pause, we can hear a still small sound that is wrapped in the voice of a trusted friend. At this moment, when a good friend comes along beside us and whispers, “remember . . .” and these are the memories center our heart and mind.
Therefore, I will always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them, and have been established in the truth which is present in you. I consider it right, as long as I am in this earthly dwelling, to stir you up by way of reminder.
2 Peter 1:12-13, NASB
A good friend reminds you of the truths you already know.
Better than a sticky note is the sweet sound of a friend who reaches out and rescues your heart with a gentle reminder that you are seen and safe within the love of the One who created you. Only a good friend who has deep knowledge of your heart can span the chasm created by pain and uncertainty with reassurances that resonate within your spirit. We all need someone to remind us that they know who we are and whose we are, a trusted friend to speak life into the embers of our faith.
Who of your cherished friends needs a nudge of love and remembrance to encourage them into the day? Do you need a reminder? Can I pray for you?
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