Posted by: sailingspirit | April 13, 2015

As The World Turns

Journeying with God in faith is like driving a simulator:

  • You are anchored in relationship to the controls, and the scene changes around you as new paths, obstacles, and opportunities are brought before you.
  • Rarely if ever are you shown a preview of the whole route before you begin; you’re expected to make adjustments and judgment calls along the way because it’s assumed you can.
  • You can drive slowly and take the curves cautiously if you feel overwhelmed, or drive quickly and clip the corners just to get it over with sooner.

If it were a safety training exercise, how would you drive?  If it were a video game, how would you drive?  If it’s your life, how do you think God wants you to drive?

There’s plenty of transportation analogy for the journey of faith but all too often we picture vessels where we move across a stationary environment or we’re simply a helpless passenger while someone else does so.  When we believe that way, any roadblock puts us into frustration and despair because we assume it cannot or will not move or be changed.  Thus it’s “game over” for our progress.  Perhaps that assumption is wrong; perhaps true reality is the virtual flip of that idea, where we are at the controls AND the environment is in constant flux.  When we “hit the gas” and get things moving, God will bring into our view the right people, resources, opportunities and circumstances–in the right order–such that we progress right along taking each turn at a time.  He assumes we can handle it, or at least learn to.  Read the signs; that’s what they’re there for.

So for today, spend some time with a driving simulator or video game and pay new attention to what the experience is like.  How does the virtual progression differ from what you think is reality?  Is that reality, or just your perspective of it?  Then, with your new insights, anchor yourself to the Controller with a faith that cannot be moved and practice getting going while asking God to rotate the environment around you as needed.  Ask Him to shift your perspective about movement and regain your sense of momentum relative to the environment.  See if that helps you get unstuck.

And next time, consider both how you can move around the obstacle as well as how you can trigger the obstacle to move around you.  The motivator might be surprisingly simple, and when you know where to look for it, the tool for doing so might already be provided.

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