“I sank into drugs and alcohol.”
“My previous engagement unexpectedly ended and I battled depression.”
I was listening to the moving testimonies of the bride and groom at their wedding reception. This brave couple honestly shared how God led both of them down their respective paths and eventually, to each other. They used the familiar board game of “Life” as a metaphor for their own journey. Twists and turns. Hills and valleys. Dead ends and roadblocks. As I listened to their inspiring story, many, including myself, could relate. Who has not stumbled into a pothole? The distractions of the world. The failed businesses and lost jobs. The broken relationships. Is God truly in control? Can we trust God to help us navigate and survive this game of life?
The Bible gives us many examples of great saints who did not have straightforward paths in their lives. Moses was abandoned as an infant, raised in the household of the Pharaoh, then murdered a man and fled into the wilderness. Joseph was abandoned and sold by his brothers to slave traders and eventually imprisoned. Was God in control even as their lives careened down dark pathways?
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
Psalms 23:4 (NLT)
The bride and groom. Moses. Joseph. Each trusted God to help them navigate the game of life when all seemed lost. When we have trusted Jesus Christas as our Lord and Savior, He does not promise a life free of obstacles. He promises that He will walk alongside us, guiding and protecting us. He promises to give us a new perspective. When we fix our eyes upon Jesus and the vantage point of the Cross, the seemingly haphazard path of life unswervingly points as a straight line to God and His glory.
The game of life.
Even the darkest valleys will always lead us to see the light of God’s grace and mercy!
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.