“History repeats itself.” I hear this often, and the older I get the more it proves itself to be true. Last year for Christmas my son asked for a Rubik’s cube. The popular 80’s toy was on my nine-year-old son’s wish list and I was excited about this! I remembered getting so frustrated as a kid trying to solve it, and thought it was a trick with no real solution. With the current craze of fidget spinners and fidget cubes, I loved that the Rubik’s would be something that could actually challenge him in a way he thought was fun. I love math and love puzzles that can use math in a fun way. My son is the same way. He received the Rubik’s cube for Christmas, and we both became obsessed with trying to figure out how to solve it. Having the vast internet at our fingertips, I searched “How to solve a Rubik’s cube.” We found a tutorial that taught us a pattern to look for, and following that gave us the solved Rubik’s no matter what the starting pattern was. We sought to memorize this pattern, and would challenge each other to see how well we knew the pattern and who could apply it properly and solve the cube. That was a year ago, and because we worked so hard to commit that pattern to memory, I can still solve a Rubik’s cube even though I haven’t touched one in months.
I feel like my life can look like a Rubik’s cube…usually scrambled, with each side a mess, but occasionally you can see some things matching up where they are supposed to. With dedication, I can get one area “solved,” just to turn a corner and have a whole different mess to figure out. Just a little meddling in that mess and I can completely mess up what I already solved. For the Rubik’s, the solution pattern guides you past seeing a mess, and has you look for what is familiar. Jesus gives us the same kind of guidance in the New Testament. With dedication and making the Bible our pattern of habit, we can find our solution in any mess that we are in. With continued study, we can look at any situation and be confident in the truths that Jesus gives us to come through the situation with His solution.
Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us,
guard the good deposit entrusted to you.
2 Timothy 1:13-14 ESV
At the beginning of each new year, I pray for the upcoming year. I ask God to show me how to grow with Him. I ask for a reference for the year, a purpose if you will. What can I work on throughout this year? Sometimes that becomes a focus word for the year, sometimes it’s a phrase or specific verse. This year, I have a focus word. It is “choose.” It seemed weird to me at first and not at all spiritual. But the more I prayed about it, it became clearer. This will be a year of learning about my choices, how to “choose” what I get or take from every aspect of life. Right now I will “choose” to see His pattern for my life. I will “choose” to commit that pattern to memory. I’m actually excited to see what other things He will have me “choose” this year!
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life!
Proverbs 3:5-8 MSG