….fly in an open cockpit airplane?And you have to pick one! This is a short teaser of tomorrow’s post. It was going to be today’s, but another early spring snowstorm wrecked the internet until now. So get psyched, get ready, get your brain in gear…it’s coming, tomorrow morning. 9AM EST. May your grass be green and your sky be sunny. (please, for me, as it is not here. 🙂 ) Slainte, Lisa
We love the game “Jenga” at our home. The thrill of finding that loose piece, and then placing it on top without making the tower fall, is a simple thrill that makes us all happy. Near the end, you end up practically holding your breath so that tower will stay up and in one piece. “Don’t fall, don’t fall,” is the constant refrain.
But eventually, it falls. And guess what? We rebuild the tower and start again.
The obvious comparison is there in our lives. We eventually fall, or fall short, in some way. We can’t be perfect all the time (or even some of the time) and stand straight and tall and unwavering forever. But the amazing news is that Jesus will pick us back up, dust us off, and let us start the game over totally new with His strength.
“The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all He has made. The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.” -Psalm 146:13b-14
Don’t give up; the tower can be rebuilt. Blessings, Lisa
So I played “Candy Land” with my 5 year old over the weekend. And got stuck in the gooey gumdrops and the molasses swamp repeatedly. Once you land on those dreaded black dots, you have to wait for the yellow card or the blue card to be drawn in order to move again. So I continued to draw and wait, while my child laughed gleefully at my predicament and advanced towards winning. (And she did win, twice in a row. 🙂 )
Later, I thought about how life is so much like that game sometimes. We get stuck, or mired, or obsessed with some goal or object that we feel we have to obtain in order to move on. And then we’re stuck in the gooey gumdrops. Life continues to swirl on around us, while we’re just sitting and waiting and hoping for this thing that we think will make us happy. When we finally draw the right card, it makes us happy, but usually only for a little while. The only lasting thing that can make me happy long term and forever is Jesus. He’s the only thing I need to get me out of the molasses swamp and into the abundant life that He longs for me to have.