So many of my close friends are unemployed or coping with awful diseases…and really struggling. Are you in the same boat?
Wouldn’t you love to wave a magic wand and make the struggles disappear? Not so fast. God has something better in mind.
Have you ever watched a kid bumper bowl? Unable to manage the weighty ball, the child drops it with a thud onto the lane. Eyes glued to his ball, he hops nervously up and down in an attempt to will the ball toward the pins.
That ball wobbles down the lane slower than grass growing. You hold your breath – praying the ball veers to one side. At this point, contact with the bumper is the only thing able to prevent the ball from stalling out in the middle of the lane.
A minor collision between ball and bumper provides enough momentum to propel the black orb to finally land a sweet kiss on one pin. Pins topple as cheers erupt from the child and sighs of relief are exhaled by on-lookers.
How much of this bowling triumph was due to the strength and accuracy of the tiny bowler? What role did the bumper play?
In the bowling game of life we are unskilled children and the boundaries of our struggles are God-ordained bumpers. His Word teaches us why he surrounds us with limitations,
“From one man He created all the nations throughout the whole earth.
He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and He determined their boundaries.”
~ Acts 17:26
The nitty-gritty details of your life that make it your life are not stumbling blocks preventing you from knowing God. Quite the opposite. God displays his hand of sovereignty over the “bumpers” of your life with this profoundly tender picture,
“His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward Him and find Him – though He is not far from any one of us.”
~ Acts 17:27
He placed you in a setting with a cast of characters specifically designed to move you in his direction. He padded your gutters!
The stuff you’re bumping into, and off of, is not put in your path to aggravate you. God lovingly placed it there to redirect you toward Him and to keep you out of the gutter.
When you collide with daily struggles, don’t allow yourself to linger in frustration. Search for how God wants to use them.
What are you bumping into this week?
Will you ask God to use that collision to propel you closer to Him?
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