Back in the 80s, when I was a lot younger, the Rubik’s Cube was the big craze, and I remember it well how trying to solve the cube would frustrate me. I could get one side with no problems, some times two sides and I think I did three sides once but as a child I never managed to solve this puzzle, always not wanting to mess up the sides I had completed whilst trying to work out how to sort out the next one.
Jump forwards 30 years and I decided to tackle the Rubik’s Cube again, well cheat as the one I got came with a solution which whilst not easy to remember was little more than a series of sets of repeated twists and turns. The thing is that whilst the solution starts with completing one side by the time you are half way through the series of twists and turns the cube looks a complete mess. But you stick with it, faithfully following the instructions and then after some time it comes together and suddenly you feel like you are the king of the world.
In a way life is like a Rubik’s Cube or in fact one of the corners on it because as you try to create the life you want you attempt to put yourself in the position you want by sorting out your job, your money, your health, your relationships and so on. But then just as you have your life where you want some thing comes along and suddenly you are not in the position you expected, you are that red, white and blue corner block of a Rubik’s Cube which is now mingling with the orange, yellow and green blocks and you don’t know why.
But as Christians we know that God is in control, that he is the one with the plan for our lives “plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). As such there is no denying that things happen in our lives which by our own understanding make us question why and maybe think that this wasn’t what you planned or expected when you gave your life to God. But that is when we have to have faith, trust in God’s plan and resist trying to take control back thinking we can sort our lives by our own power.
I tell you what, when you surrender control and stop wondering why things happen and accept God is moving things in other areas it makes life a lot less complicated and easier to deal with even in tough times. This doesn’t mean we give up on having goals and our responsibilities for living healthily, working hard and so on but it is our motives for doing these things which change as it stops being about doing things for selfish reasons but living your life for God and by the teachings of Jesus.
So maybe you are not a Christian and you are here wondering why your life isn’t how you want or you are a Christian feeling a bit disheartened that you are going through a seemingly never ending tough season. Try thinking of yourself as that red, white and blue corner block of a Rubik’s cube which is out of position right now whilst God is putting the other blocks in place before he puts you where you should be.