The thing in this photo is called the “Perplexus Epic.” It should be called the “sphere of death and destruction.”
Last Friday was my birthday. My family got together for dinner last night to celebrate, and my sister gave me this thing as a birthday present. I had no idea what it was so she started to explain it. It’s basically a three-dimensional puzzle that is very addicting, and also makes you want to die. The purpose is to rotate it around on all axes so that this tiny ball bering moves down the track which is comprised of turns, drops, stairs, bumps, twists and temptations from satan. There are 125 different individual puzzles that you have to do all in sequential order to finish. Let’s just say I have been playing with this thing for over an hour and I’ve failed to make it past step #7.
Apparently this is called the “Epic” because it’s the hardest one. My sister said they sell smaller, easier ones with less steps, but she just went for the big one. She truly loves me. I really love puzzles so this was a great gift, even though it makes me feel like an idiot.
There are many times when I feel as though my life is like this puzzle. One wrong move, one bump, one lack of concentration and I will fall off the path and have to start over. Sometimes I feel like I have come to an insurmountable challenge, where 125 separate things all have to happen perfectly or I will fail miserably. Fortunately most of these instances are far more dire in my mind than in reality, but I believe that we all know what it’s like to feel overwhelmed by what is in front of us; caught in the middle of a situation for which we have no answer, no plan.
Sometimes life feels epic.
There are many scripture verses I think about when I am stressed out, or afraid that I can’t accomplish something. The first one that most of us think about is probably Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” This is a great passage, but the one that so often comes to my mind in times of struggle and worry is the end of the great commission where Christ says, “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
I believe that we are often afraid of being alone; of having to figure things out for ourselves. I also think that we are wary to admit this. It goes against the most cliche sentiments. The American dream is that you pull yourself up by your own bootstraps. That’s a very individualistic idea. Yet even as an introvert, I am comforted by the company of others, especially when facing a difficult challenge.
I am comforted by the fact that Christ is with me always. I am comforted to be a part of a family of faith, of the body of Christ that lives and dwells with God forever. Life is epic at times, and if we try to tackle it alone, we will surely fail. We might get lucky a time or two, but the lone wolf style is not very sustainable.
So no matter what is troubling you today, no matter what you are worried about, remember that God is with you always, and that I am praying for you. Thank you for being a part of this family with me, and let me know if you figure out how to get past step #7.
Have a great week my friends,