Quitting Too Soon?
(An acknowledgement to Pastor William Goodin)
Each morning after breakfast, I sit at the computer and curl my hair. I play
FreeCell, a form of Solitaire at the same time. One hand on the curling iron and one
hand on the mouse. This Christmas morning was no exception. I know that all
but one of the possible card outlays in FreeCell can be won, so if I get 'stuck' I
'restart' the same game until I win. It is easy to 'start over'. Maybe too
easy. Have we made our life like that? Make a mistake, reach a point we
'consider' failure, so we scrap all we have accomplished and move on. There was a
saying about 'playing the hand you're dealt'. Then there was Kenny Rogers with
"Know when to hold 'em, Know when to fold 'em". Does everyone find that
ability as difficult as I?
My pastor use to say to me, "Carol, if God locks the door, you try to climb
through the window". My response was always, "But how do I know that
He didn't want me to find another way in"?
Today I found a clue in this almost always winnable card game. Consider the cause!!
Is what I am doing 'right with God'? If it is, then I will win.
Maybe it will be on the first try. Maybe it will take
persistence with the
'hand I am dealt'. Sometimes I may have to 'fold' and play a new 'hand'. If it
is right with God, it will happen in His time, not mine. And if it is not my
intended success, then He will distract me and give me a new direction. When He locks the
door, He will open another. He won't make me climb through the window.