A Simple Solution for a Pesky Problem

I want to tell you something ridiculous. I had a little problem of an explosion of shoes and socks in my laundry room for 12 years. I had a shoe shelf for people to put their shoes on and a basket for socks, but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get the family to use them. They would just throw everything on the floor and call it good.

The crazy thing is, I couldn’t make myself do any differently than them. When I would get tired of the mess or if people were coming over, I would just shove everything over and close the door!


A couple weeks ago my oldest son, Judah, finally figured out how to fix the problem. He suggested that we move the shoe shelf to the other side of the room. You see, it was kind of half-hidden behind the door. Just like that - BOOM - the 12-year-old problem was solved.

That pesky problem is no more, and every time I walk past the laundry room I feel happy instead of annoyed. The solution was so ridiculously simple. I have no idea why it didn’t occur to me 11+ years ago.

As I was thinking about moving the shelf to the other side, I thought of when the disciples were fishing and Jesus told them to cast their nets on the other side of the boat. You see, Jesus has a solution ready for every single problem we face.

Sometimes we think His answer seems too simple or silly, and sometimes we just forget to ask Him. My laundry room situation made me think: why didn’t I just ask Jesus what the solution was 12 years ago?