My four year old son Gus recently discovered video games. He’s a big fan of Batman so we thought we’d rent Lego Batman and let him play it on the Wii. It was way too hard for him and worse, it was way to hard for me! It took both of us 45 minutes to figure out how to jump across a building. It was extremely frustrating so I took it back to Blockbuster and I told him he could rent it again when he turned nine. Lucky for him my husband figured out how to purchase old school games like the original Super Mario Brothers to play on the Wii, which is great because those old school games are much easier to play if you are just staring out.
For the past two weeks he has been playing it every day for 30-45 minutes and he has only made it past the first two levels, but he’s really enjoying himself and he’s not near as frustrated with it as he was with Lego Batman. A big part of that has to do with the fact that Josh & I know how to play the old Super Mario so we can help him out. We both played it hundreds of times growing up. We know where all of the secret tunnels are, where to find the 1-Ups, invincible stars, warp zones, and magic vines. It came out the year I was born, 1985, and I probably started playing it when I was 5 or so. It’s been 20 something years since I was trying to destroy King Koopa and all of his evil turtles, but when I pick up the controller it all comes back to me. I know just what to do and exactly how to do it. I’ve been through it all before, so if Gus gets to a place where he doesn’t know what to do he can look to his left and ask mom for help.
Isaiah 45:2-3 I will go before you And make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze And cut the bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel.
God has been through our video game. He sent His son Jesus to play to for us some 2,000 years ago. Jesus made it through every level, only losing one life, and then he came back and beat the whole game. When you get stuck or need help you don’t have to get frustrated, because the Lord who calls you by name knows exactly what to do and He’s sitting next to you, waiting to show you what to do. He knows which tunnels to go down to find hidden riches in secret places and treasure that’s hidden in darkness. He knows where all of the 1-Ups are and wants to give you as many chances as you need to pass the challenges that come up in each level. He knows where the warp zones are and can fast track you like no one else can to get you where He wants you to go. He’s given you an invincible star that never wears off. Your enemies have already been defeated you just have to plow through them and get them out of your way. He wants to show you where all of the magic vines that take you into the sky are so you can enter into His presence and get rejuvenated with a fresh supply of strength from Him.
The victory is yours! God went before you to make sure of it! Trust in Him and lean on Him when you can’t figure out how to make it to the next level. He programmed your game and He created you to win everyday.
- God goes before me and makes the crooked places straight!
- He breaks down walls and barriers so nothing can stop me.
- He gives me treasures and hidden riches.
- He calls me by name.
- Jesus beat the game.
- There is no level we can’t get through with Him on our side.
- Starting my day singing “None like Jesus” to Him.
- Heard one of the best messages I’ve ever heard today by Bishop T.D. Jakes. Oh my word. Can’t wait to listen to it again.
- Josh was right about the T.D. Jakes message. Glad he told me about it and glad I took time to listen to it.
- Clean hair. And thinner hair thanks to my hair cut last week. Blow Drying time down about 5 minutes!
- Pretending grocery store with one of the best pretenders I know, Gus.
- Got so much done this afternoon… even after Beau woke up from nap.
- Bills paid.
- New door knobs in Beau’s room that work like door knobs are supposed to work.
- I get to park my car in the garage.
- I love my church!
- Pastor Robert was back and even got out the dry erase board to preach his awesome message on why we have church.
- It’s always easy to connect with God in every service at Gateway. They truly value the presence of God.
- Awesome worship. Oh Praise Him! Love Has Done it! Powerful songs.
- Gus told me all about how Jesus healed the woman with the issue of blood on the way home.
- The reminder from Pastor Randy about how awesome Psalm 103 is. Sums up the heart behind this blog of thankfulness.
- No diaper surprises from Beau today during nap time.
- Gus can button his pajama shirt all by himself!
- We all have warm winter coats for freezing cold days like today.
- Josh always walks us out to the car and helps me load up the kids after church.
- Whom Shall I Fear by Chris Tomlin.