(An acknowledgement to Pastor William Goodin)
Each morning after breakfast, I sit at the computer and curl my
hair. I play FreeCell, a form of Solitaire at the same time. One
hand on the curling iron and one hand on the mouse. This Christmas
morning was no exception. I know that all but one of the possible
card outlays in FreeCell can be won, so if I get 'stuck' I 'restart'
the same game until I win. It is easy to 'start over'. Maybe too
easy. Have we made our life like that? Make a mistake, reach a
point we 'consider' failure, so we scrap all we have accomplished
and move on. There was a saying about 'playing the hand you're
dealt'. Then there was Kenny Rogers with "Know when to hold 'em,
Know when to fold 'em". Does everyone find that ability as
difficult as I?
My pastor use to say to me, "Carol, if God locks the door, you try
to climb through the window". My response was always, "But how do
I know that He didn't want me to find another way in"?
Today I found a clue in this almost always winnable card game.
Consider the cause!! Is what I am doing 'right with God'? If it
is, then I will win. Maybe it will be on the first try. Maybe it
will take persistence with the 'hand I am dealt'. Sometimes I may
have to 'fold' and play a new 'hand'. If it is right with God, it
will happen in His time, not mine. And if it is not my intended
success, then He will distract me and give me a new direction. When
He locks the door, He will open another. He won't make me climb
through the window.