[CF Devotionals] 2010-07-06 - Bumbershoots

Scrabble Series ~ Part 3

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NASB) )Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything, give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus

Bear with me in this one; I really am going somewhere. ; ) As mentioned previously, my husband and I play Scrabble almost every night. And just as with life, sometimes you get terrific breaks; other times, you feel like “Chicken Little” © - that “the sky is falling.” In the game of Scrabble, you always have seven letter tiles on your tray. Sometimes they come together, so that five to seven letters form a terrific word; at other times, the tiles just don’t seem to come together to form anything but nonsensical phrases, no matter how you turn them. In a recent game, I “almost” had a supernova, blowout word. I had “b-u-m-e-r,” and “shoot” was on the board, lying temptingly by a triple word space; any word using one of those spaces will triple your score. All I needed was another “b,” and I would not only have blown the game open with my score (three times whatever the letters normally would, for a total of 60 for just one word!) – but even better, to me – I would have been able to use a once-in-a-lifetime, spectacular word.

So I decided that it was worth a gamble. I forfeited one turn after another (exchanging one letter each time), hoping to draw out that elusive “b.” Meanwhile, my husband was racking up points, and I was falling hopelessly behind, mired in the “what ifs” of a word that just wasn’t going to jell for me. I finally came to my senses, but not nearly early enough to salvage the game.

Isn’t life like that? We can easily get mired down into either what we wish would happen, or what has already happened, that still eats away at our health and peace. Meanwhile, life goes on around us, and we miss not only the myriad blessings given to us by God, but also opportunities for service that would be rewarding, more so than what we thought was what we needed.

What are your bumbershoots? A job which you turned down, that was snatched up by someone else? A high school girlfriend or boyfriend whom you think would have made the ideal lifemate (most likely it would have been a disastrous union, but I sometimes find it hard to believe, how many people let themselves be sucked into this one), or even a life-saving course at the pool, wherein you excelled in most of the course, but couldn’t bring yourself to dive off the board - and thus were never was able to become a lifeguard (one of my own personal bumbershoots).

I encourage you to ask God to reveal your bumbershoots to you, and to help you move past them, and appreciate and fully live in the “here and now,” and make the most out of what God has given you.

Jan

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