I play this game called “Flow”. It’s a mobile game that’s been around almost as long as smart phones. Basically, you connect the different colored dots. Sometimes it’s pretty straight forward. Sometimes there’s lots of lines wrapping around each other. Quite often, because I’m drawing these lines so quickly, the line just doesn’t go where I want it to go.
You got it. It’s metaphor time!
As I was playing I let out a soft, muffled, “just go where I tell you to go…” You see, if I draw all the lines perfectly without having to correct any of them I get a perfect score. I also get a big ‘ol star instead of a dumb little checkmark.
And I had just seen a picture on Instagram where someone was saying, “Whoever is supposed to be going to Ninevah, just go already! 😅 lol ha ha j/k but seriously whaddayadoin!”
The idea, of course, behind that post is that Jonah was told by God to go preach to the people of Ninevah to save them from their own destruction. And now, we (mostly Americans) are basically causing our own destruction. So whoever is running away from their duty to correct us better get his rear in gear and start preaching already!
So I’m playing my game thinking “just go where I send you…” because I want my star. And I couldn’t help but make the connection. If we just go where God has sent us, things will actually turn out pretty good.
But, we’re human. We’re stubborn. We’re egotistical. We’re full of ourselves. We want to do what we want to do when we want to do it and don’t like being told what to do. So, we don’t always go where God tells us to go, and mostly we suffer for it.
But we don’t have to be perfect.
In my game, if I mess up and don’t get the perfect score on the first try I can press the reset button. That puzzle will be reset and I can try again. If I pull it together and don’t make any mistakes I still get my star.
Jesus came to give us the star. He is our reset. Though we may fall and become distracted by sin, making paths that don’t fit the puzzle, Jesus can wash away those sins so we can correct our paths.
P.S. – not sure what the inspiration is lately. Thoughts come to my head and I write them down. I do find it funny, and very interesting, that we can find examples of God’s love in everything. Whether it’s a blockbuster super hero movie or a mobile video game.