Solitaire offers lots of options: sound, colors, left/right handed,how many cards to draw, tons of stuff. That's kind of like real life, isn't it? Most of the time, we can choose the when, where, and how. And like life, sometimes those things don't really affect the outcome.
Have you ever gone to a job interview or a date, thinking you look absolutely stunning in the perfect outfit, only to have the interview/date fall flat on its face? (That's kind of a stretch for me since I haven't interviewed or dated in decades, and I'm not sure if I even own "the perfect outfit" for me.)
Probably stemming from some major character flaw, I typically choose the WINNING GAME option. When I started playing on my phone, it didn't take me long to figure out I could lose a WINNING GAME, even using Hints. Good grief, Charlie Brown!
It's embarrassing. It hurts. It's hard to get up and try again. The good news is you can always play another game of Solitaire. (I think I'm using "Solitaire" metaphorically there.) Even better, the game allows you to play it "no scoring". Can we possibly play without scoring in our real lives? Huh! Now we are getting in deep.
As I stared at the screen, pondering things usually out of my purview (Isn't that a fancy word meaning "area of authority, influence or knowledge"?), I started seeing correlations to life with Christ.
God's Word promises us a do-over,"When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun!" (2 Corinthians 5:17 TLB) I personally don't think God wants us to linger in defeat. We can rejoice that He provides a way for us to become "a brand new person".
Do we have a Great Big God, or what!
Dear Reader, the next time discouragement threatens to wrap its cold arms around you, maybe you'll remember Solitaire. I earnestly pray you know the God of second, and third, and fourth, chances. I pray you've known His cleansing power that leads us into increasingly closer relationships with Him. And the best part? It's always win-win with God!
I'll be playing Solitaire over at Crystal and Kelly's this week. Would you like to come, too?