The chess board displayed the hand painted cast pewter pieces, replicating famous Disney characters. I inherited it from my father and it now sat on a coffee table in our master bedroom. It was a conversation piece and only rarely saw an actual match. The other day, my daughter was admiring the pieces and laughed. “Someday I will inherit this…and I don’t even know how to play chess!”
“Really? I’m not good, but I’ll teach you!”
“Is it difficult?”
I picked up a knight and nodded. “Understanding how each piece moves is not difficult. It is all about strategy. The objective is to trap the opponent’s King.” I moved some of my pieces around her King. “You see, your King has no where to go. If it takes this pawn, the knight could kill him. You have to be able to visualize the next three or four moves, anticipating how your opponent is attempting to trap you.”
As I was explaining the game to my daughter, I realized why I was not good at chess. I was unable to look far enough ahead, anticipating my opponent’s next move and strategy. I can identify the moves but I cannot synthesize it into a strategy that allows me to succeed.
During this COVID19 pandemic, I have witnessed God moving different pieces of my spiritual life. I am mentoring several young men who have just completed college and in their gap years, preparing for medical school. I have made contact with the leaders of my daughter’s college Christian church and fellowship group, one of whom is a physician. My volunteer consultation teledermatology and teledermatopathology practices with hospitals and physicians in Cameroon has tripled in volume over the past few months. I don’t know what plans God has for any or all of these seemingly disparate activities but I know He is in control. He is moving the different pieces of my life into positions that only He knows the outcome.
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.
Proverbs 19:21 (ESV)
Like playing chess, I am limited in my ability to plan ahead. Thanks be to God that He is my King and He weaves the disparate activities in my life into a grand and beautiful strategy, all designed to bring glory to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.