A Solution to every Problem….

The day before yesterday, I shared this photo in my post. I also promised that I will give the answer to the problem in one of my future posts. That post is for today. For those who have not read the previous post, these are the instructions.

1.) There are 13 nails and a box.

2.) How do you arrange the nails so that only one nail is supporting all 12 nails?

HINT: Think out of the box. Many thanks to Outbound Taiwan, who introduced us to this puzzle. Outbound Taiwan is an organization that trains people for team building. Jimmy and I enjoyed every minute of our interaction with the people behind the organization.

Before I show the solution, I’d like to discuss the issue of problems and solutions. Life is always fraught with problems. I don’t welcome problems with open arms, but after more than 5 decades on planet Earth, I realized that problems are opportunities hiding behind hard work. Since many people don’t like hard work, many opportunities pass by unnoticed.

I have been listening to Bill Johnson. He says that stress and problems tend to make people stay connected to God. The difficult part in life is to stay connected to God even when the blessings come. Yet, God wants to give us His blessings, if only we can still stay connected to Him.

I have also listened to Larry Randolph speak about the need for a shift in thinking to achieve the results we are seeking. With this nails and box problem, it needs a minor tweak (as Larry would put it), to get the solution.

Many times, we have many questions that don’t seem to have any answers. My youngest son always has these questions that bog my down. This is especially true after his daily Bible reading. As I am not an apologist, I refer him to Scott Hahn, Tim Gray, or Jeff Cavins. Nonetheless, I always remind my family to aim for heaven, where all our questions in this life will be answered. I guess this is my way of simplifying my life.

I may not have all the answers to life’s mystifying questions. However, my soul is content in knowing that I am aiming for heaven where all my questions will be answered, no matter how mind boggling these may be.

So, how do you arrange it such that 1 nail is supporting all 12?

Here’s the solution…

Have an awesome day!!!


God Alone is Enough by Slawomir Biela

This is the tilte of the book by Slawomir Biela, a doctor of solid physics, professor of engineering in Warsaw. He is one of the founders of the Families of Nazareth Movement, a group for family spirituality.

Today, I feel the need to share this book as it has helped me look at life from a different perspective, especially when the cares and problems of the world tend to overwhelm me. It has kept me grounded in the fact that all of these earthly things are just for a season, and that all we really need is God. That means total reliance on God.

The book advises that we do our best, but that the outcome is entirely up to God. It doesn’t mean that we will stop everything we are doing now, and just wait for God to work miracles for us. The point is not to despair when things don’t go according to plan, because God has a better plan for us.

Finally, the author tells us to discover God in everything. He warns that the created world can become a true source of reliance for a person who does not have a close relationship with God. Thus, he reminds us that God’s love permeates every event, which is designed by God to direct us toward Him and to our eventual union with Him.

This eventual union with God is our only purpose in life, and there’s nothing else that will satisfy us for in our search for happiness, the truth is…God alone is enough.