I downloaded a solitaire card game onto my computer. Each day it has a “win-able” hand you can choose to play. But often times, there are multiple choices. Move the card to the wrong stack or the wrong stack to a blank space and you might get stuck. Then a message pops up. “This is a winning hand. Do you want to replay or be shown how to win?” Most times, I choose replay. I want to figure it out for myself. A few times, I have ended up exasperated enough that I let the computer show me how to win.
Describes my life. A few wrong choices and I get stuck. I want a replay button. A “Do-over.” I might even try to backtrack and correct some of the moves that got me where I am. However, we live in a linear existence. It is very hard to go back.
That is about the time I give up, fall to my knees and ask the Master Game Designer to show me how. I whisper what David wrote. Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Psalm 25:4 And He is faithful to do so.
The wonderful thing? Like my computer game, there is a new hand every morning. I can try to solve it on my own, or turn to Him and let my Lord show me how to proceed. Now, I admit, there are times He tells me to pray about it, then choose the next play myself. He understands humans want to be “hands-on.” He gave us free will. And, truth be told, we learn from our mistakes. However, every game has rules. In playing this game called life, we need to know those rules. The Bible provides that, step by step.
Even more wonderful? Because I claim Jesus as my Savior, I can hit replay. It is called forgiveness and grace. He will overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21). His mercy is newly provided every morning. (Lamentations 3:23) He will restore my life. (Psalm 17:20).
All I have to do is ask. And yet…I can slip back into thinking my life is a game of solitaire. Lord, teach me anew, every morning, that I never walk alone. Show me your ways.