I just had a couple of weeks of vacation. Some of it was spent working on our house, but some of it was spent at my grandma’s cabin on Donner Lake.
At four-and-a-half years old, my son Johnny has reached the stage in his development where he works furiously to create indestructible sandcastles. he had a great one going one afternoon.
“The water wins all battles,” I told Johnny. “We can delay it for a while, but eventually the water wins.”
Johnny didn’t believe it. He put a tree branch in place and dug a moat to catch the water- pretty good civil engineering for someone who isn’t five yet. And it looked pretty good.
When we returned the next morning, some of the castle was still there! But we happened to witness the moment when the waves wiped out the castle. Because we had talked about it, it wasn’t crushing to Johnny. He seemed to have a moment of enlightenment…
Johnny’s predicament came to me when I was thinking about my own situation. God has been inviting me to trust and encouraging me to spend more time in prayer. But something inside me resists. I know that I can trust God, and I make decisions according to that belief, but I still feel the stress. It occurred to me that I am expending huge amounts of energy to hold God back – just like Johnny’s engineering efforts to keep the water away from his castle. For some reason, I am working hard to reinforce my castle’s defenses.
God really does win all battles. All I can do is resist in a futile effort to keep God from redecorating the beach. What would it be like to trust so completely that if God wanted to wipe out a sandcastle in my life, I would be OK with it? I can imagine it – and sometimes, I can live it – but much of the time, I cause myself unnecessary hardship by resisting God. What a waste of energy and what needless wear and tear on my body and mind! All you can do trying to stop God is hurt yourself.
I am going to work on letting go… on allowing God to redesign the landscape as He sees fit and save my energy for more important things like ministry and spending time with my wife and kids.
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