Monday, January 11, 2016

Zero Percent in Math

Today I want to share with you a lesson I learnt from my experience getting 0% in Math. For those who don’t know, I am a Petroleum Engineer. I would not have come this far without some passion for Mathematics. But once upon a time, Math was my weak point. Maybe I will share with you how I overcame that in another post. Let me not digress.

I was in Primary 4 then and we were learning division/fractions. It was the most difficult concept for me to grasp. Then we had a test. When I looked at the questions, for example 6 divided by 3, I told myself that these questions did not have solutions. The “problem” was unsolvable. So it was no surprise when the results of the test came, I had 0%.

My mother tried to explain the concept to me, but it did not stick. The teacher did the corrections but I could not fathom how she ever arrived at a so-called solution. My mind was made up – the problem was unsolvable.

But as I grew older, I realized the issue was not that the problem was unsolvable. The issue was I did not know the solution. Until I believed that there could be a solution and made effort to find that solution, the concept of division remained rocket science.



In life, I have faced a couple of challenges where it seemed like the problem was unsolvable. But each time I am reminded with the gentle words, “My people perish for lack of knowledge, is anything too hard for the Lord?” Until I run to the All-Knowing One, I remain in despair, depression and hopelessness. Thankfully, the 0% in Math also reminds me that the issue is not that the problem is unsolvable, but that I do not know what the solution is.

Have you ever been or are you in a situation where it seems the “problem” is unsolvable? Some issues may be impossible to the men, but with God nothing is impossible. It is never too late to seek the wisdom of the All-Knowing God. He says today, 
“Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” [Jeremiah 33:3, NIV].

Be it a strategy, be it direction and guidance, be it a solution to an issue, the Lord has all the answers.
As you call upon Him, may He open your eyes and ears to receive His unparalleled wisdom and restoration.

Remain Blessed.

1 comment:

David Brown said...

An encouraging word, needed at the time I read it.