I Don’t Like This Game

“Stop!” “I don’t like this game! I just don’t want to play!”

These were the adamant words that echoed through my backyard. The owner: A young, little girl from next door who obviously was not on board with the situation at hand.
The moment her words reached my ears, an immediate thought came to mind. The thought was how often we, as adults, express this same demonstrative plea when we find ourselves faced with something we’d rather not deal with. Sure, the wording may be different, but the underlying message is the same – “God, get me out of this situation…it’s difficult, it’s scary, and it’s wearing me out.” Whether we say it in a quiet, tear-filled whisper or shout it at the top of our lungs with self-righteous boldness – we’ve all done it in some shape or form.
And, no matter how many challenges we face throughout our lives–though we may find it easier to Trust God a bit more each time to get us through it–we’d rather He put an end to it sooner rather than later.
Make no mistake about it though, He has a specific plan for how the circumstance(s) will unfold.
Sometimes, He’s just wanting our attention for the purpose of drawing us closer to Him; or sometimes He is wanting us to grow in a particular area and until we do He will patiently and lovingly wait until we get a clue.
Of course, when we are (or someone close to us is) faced with a life threatening illness or we suffer a great loss like the unexpected death of a loved one, especially that of a child, we just don’t understand why God would allow this in our life. The pain that is endured in circumstances such as these can only be understood by those who have lived it. So, though I don’t believe in comparing one person’s suffering against another’s, I have found that in dealing with my own personal issues it often helps me put things in perspective. This perspective leads me right back to God. I give Him thanks for my blessings and for what I’m “not” going through which then, oddly enough, allows me to receive and use the strength He gives me to walk through my situation more peacefully.

The reality is we will all face difficult times. Some of those times will be the direct result of the choices we have made; and some of those times will be the result of the choices others have made.
From the moment Adam and Eve betrayed God the rules in the game of life changed; the playing pieces were broken. You and I and all the people of this world make up those broken playing pieces. But here’s the thing; unlike the little girl’s mom whose reply back to her daughter was “If you’re going to whine, get down. No one wants to hear that!”, God wants us to turn to Him when we don’t want to “play this game” anymore. And then He wants us to Trust Him as He gently moves -or prompts us to move- to the next space.

I pray for all of you who are struggling right now that you will turn to your Heavenly Father and find the deep strength and peace that can only be found through Him.

Psalm 23:4. “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me”

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