Ever had “one of those days“? What about one of them weeks? Well, for many of us, myself included, life can seem like one of them….PERIOD! With the weight of the world on our shoulders as God’s children; why does life have to also bang us around like a pinball machine!?
Within the last few weeks I have observed much about my life in general concerning this feeling and others around me. We all experience hills and valleys, ups and downs, and the ever popular phrase, “roller coaster ride”; yet if you imagine the experience that little silver ball takes as you shoot it into the chaos of the game; the pinball itself is one to be shown great empathy!
Bouncing and banging from one obstacle to another sometimes multiple times at once; the pinball rolls on trying to exit past the batting arms reciprocation! You see, we are like the pinball in many ways. If we fight or try to go our own way, the batting arms bounce us back into the fray of the chaos. If we quietly submit, the same occurs, yet with less batting around most of the time!
Recently my family went to see everyone’s favorite mouse and characters on ice….Disney on Ice. Even though I had seen this kind of program before, it was for my daughter thus (submitting) and going along anyway for her enjoyment. I was amazed as I (in my ho-hum-ness) watched the other families interact just how much how I felt and acted was the norm with most of the other men there!
The women and the kids seemed to run the night! Wives and girlfriends telling their other halves to hold this and buy that! Kids yelling and screaming, running amuck and uncontrollable….the men kept looking as a pinball banging back and forth. This is only my observation, not that men are innocent in making wives a pinball! Disney on Ice seemed like a breeding ground for chaos and frustrated spouses!
We tend to not realize over the course of a marriage that typically both spouses are being “trained” by the other in some way or another. The most commonly joked about phrase is, “Honey, I thirsty.” Picturing if you will, both are sitting on the couch, the wife by distance is closer to the kitchen; yet the husband, typically without even pausing a thought, jumps up and gets the drink! We are trained!
What bothers me about this is the unappreciation that follows the training and ultimately we bang and clang against these as annoyances. We see these moments of servanthood meant to be out of love, become the annoyances of laziness or expectations….not LOVE.
In our relationship with God the same things occur. We chose our own paths and bang were bouncing off that and heading to another area. Then after a moment….bang! Another bounce to another direction; all of these repetitive in hopes of finding a comfort in Christ.
Whatever your situation, whatever your direction in life currently; remember, ponder, reflect, and pray earnestly these words of the Apostle Paul in protecting yourself from the banging in your life as Satan attempts to play a game with your life!
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. (Ephesians 6:10-20 NIV)
Stay strong! 🙂