Thursday, February 28, 2013

Choose Wisely

A Shanghai solitaire using Mah Jong tiles, set...
. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There is a computer game I enjoy playing in which tiles are stacked in various configurations.  Through a series of choices, pairs are first discovered and then eliminated from the stack.   As I choose the pairs, and watch to see if my choices result in all the pairs becoming eliminated, my mind turns to the thoughts of how our choices in life affect the outcome along the way.  We must all live with these choices, and it reminds me of a character in a movie, after seeing one villain being destroyed after his wrong choice, tell the hero, "He chose poorly."

When I realize I have made irreparable mistakes in my game -- and the game graciously alllows me to either restart or reshuffle -- I am reminded of how the Lord promises that "all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose."  I think of how He takes my poor choices and, so very graciously, allows me to either restart or reshuffle as it were, in my own life. 

Sometimes I don't understand how He can take things and work them out "for good," but as I look back behind me at the path of my life, I see that He has managed to do just that.  Even the darkest of nights in my life He has somehow used to bring forth the most beautiful of songs.

It is so amazing to know that our God is not only a God of redemption, reclamation and restoration, but He is actively at work in those very venues in our own lives in this very day.  With the Lord, there is not a wasted moment.  What a testimony of mercy and grace!

"Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, 
from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, 
the Son of the Father, in truth and love. . ."
2 John 1:3

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