12 So He said, “I will certainly be with you. And this shall bea sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.” Exodus 3:12 (NKJV)
Like most women I rarely play computer games. It’s not because I’m too busy. It’s partly because the thought of more time in front of a computer after eight hours at work is just not appealing. It’s mostly because it just doesn’t have that much of a pull for me. However, I have played enough Warcraft and Sims and observed enough PS, Nintendo etc games played by others to understand the pull of just wanting to beat this level and move onto the next one and the next one after that.
Level one is usually pretty basic. Just challenging enough to get you to keep you interested in the game until you get to level two or three and to start feeling the thrill of the challenges before you. Sometimes a gamer will have to play the same level dozens or even hundreds of times to get through a level and onto the next one, and for some bizarre reason they do keep trying and trying and trying until finally they succeed. Serious gamers are usually too focused on winning, succeeding, moving forward, getting it done, to stop and enjoy a game. To “smell the technological roses”. To see the detail in the design, both programmatically and graphically. To enjoy the challenge set before them and to appreciate the skills they are learning in the fight.
Life often is like a computer game. A bit of fun, a bit of a challenge, a bit of doing the same thing over and over until we conquer the test set before us and move up to the next level in life. The challenge could be walking through sickness, unemployment, financial or relational struggles, moving house or working on improving a part of ourselves, our health, our attitudes, our faith, or even a character flaw.
And just when we think we’ve won the game another level comes up. Just like a computer game, each level in life offers new opportunities, new skills, new enemies to fight, new tools and weapons (if we remembered to collect them in the last level), new strategies, new challenges to beat.
Like God said to Moses in Exodus “When you’ve made it through all the levels you will be a winner. But you will know that you have achieved when you get there and look back and see just how much of a winner you are.” It’s at the end of the journey when you see the beauty of God’s plans. Along the way you need to keep believing that He IS faithful and His timing IS perfect. Sometimes it would be nice to see the end from the beginning, to know that we are going to win, but that’s where faith in God comes in. We have to trust Him that this journey will bring us back to this mountain and that we will want to worship Him when we get here.
So we’re in this game called Life. We get new levels as a “reward” for conquering the one before, whether we like it or not, whether we feel ready or not. And at the end if we endure, we will receive the prize of a winner. So let’s take a moment to pause from the driving force of just making it through and getting it done and winning, and stop to appreciate this level that we are on. Look and see the skills you are learning on this level. Check out the tools and weapons that you now have that you didn’t have before. Value the beauty of the place you are in right now. And sometimes that is harder than others, but if you ask God He can show you beauty you can’t see.
Your To Do List, your problems, your worries, your enemies, your battles, the challenges of this level will all be there tomorrow and the next day and the day after that. So today, yes today, take some time to have fun and play for a while, and enjoy and appreciate this level you’re on today.
Do you have a level in life you struggle to conquer? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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