When a solution presents itself

“I find, that if I just sit down to think… the solution presents itself!” - Henry Jones, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”

Sculpture: The Thinker

A thought occurred to me today as I was walking around. Many of my coding roadblocks are overcome after one of my walks. These walks initially began out of boredom, frustration, or sitting for too long. But as I continued the practice, more often than not, a solution would come to me as I wandered around. Each time another roadblock appears now, I am much more likely to get up and go for a walk.

It’s wonderful when I have been beating my head against a wall for several hours and a quick lap brings clarity. This phenomenon also occurs when I’m trying to go to sleep but usually, I simply lie awake thinking through the problem with no solution appearing. Other times, I might be in the shower getting ready for work and an answer will pop into my head.

There have been times where my frustrations have led me to cry out to God for a solution. This should be my first reaction. I could point to psychology or mental tricks but through these experiences I am reminded of where the answers really come from. The ability to reason is an ability given to man by God. God has commanded each of us to work. So who better to ask for wisdom about the job I have than the One who is Wisdom and has commanded me to work.

For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:6