Linda Wood Rondeau

Snark & Sensibility

IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED TAKE A BUBBLE BATH THEN TRY AGAIN
2/26/2018 8:29:00 PM by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

 

Who have I in heaven, but you? … My flesh and my heart may fail,

but God is the strength of my heart

(Psalm 73:25a,26a NIV).

SNARK

Every morning I spend about twenty or thirty minutes playing Tap Tiles, Mahjong, and Solitaire games. Usually, I start with the Daily Challenges for each group.  

Am I that bored, you ask?

No. Not bored. I find the games help improve memory and hand-eye coordination … and there’s room for lots of improvement. 

SENSIBILITY

While I do not replace solitaire with solitary time with God,

I’ve learned a few life lessons from these games

as well as spiritual applications.

One of the primary things God reminds me is that sometimes you don’t succeed right off the bat. Sometimes, you need to repeat, repeat, and repeat until you succeed or keep rinsing until you get that last bit of soap scum out. It might be on the second try or the thirty-second try.

Why not simply say, “This is way too hard,” and quit? Why set myself up for more failure? Although, I like to take a bubble bath between attempts or cleanse the mind with some mundane thing like emptying the dishwasher—I ask myself, “Why should I try again?”

There is far more joy when we achieve the difficult than the easy.

I am reminded of the woman who Luke describes as suffering for twelve years from a blood disorder. Some versions describe her as stooped. “And no one could heal her.”

This indicates she must have contacted the best healing services available in those times. She persisted. Finally, she heard that a man named Jesus did wonderful miracles. She was only one in a throng of people, disabled at that—and had to compete with everyone else who wanted to be upfront and personal with a famous person.

The question Jesus asked, “Who touched me,” seemed silly. People were jostling and pushing all around. Yet, he recognized her desperation. Stranger still, Jesus held this woman’s doggedness as an example of faith.

 What plagues you? What have you shoved into a corner of your mind as unattainable? To what have you said, “That’s never going to happen?” Have you given up on God believing he has given up on you?

 Knock again and keep knocking until Heaven answers.  

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