credit: Michelle Meiklejohn
When I was a Boy Scout, we played a game when new Scouts joined the troop. We lined up chairs in a pattern, creating an obstacle course through which the new Scouts, blindfolded, were supposed to maneuver. The Scoutmaster gave them a few moments to study the pattern before our adventure began. But as soon as the victims were blindfolded, the rest of us quietly removed the chairs. I think life is like this game. Perhaps we spend our lives avoiding obstacles we have created for ourselves and in reality exist only in our minds. We're afraid to apply for that job, take violin lessons, learn a foreign language, call an old friend, write our Congressman - whatever it is that we would really like to do but don't because of personal obstacles. Don't avoid any chairs until you run smack into one. And if you do, at least you'll have a place to sit down. ~Pierce Vincent Eckhart
I love this illustration of the way many of us live our lives - at least I know I often do. I have a mental image of obstacles in my way that may not be reality at all. I forget that there is a whole realm of reality that I cannot see, but that God can. And while I am trying to avoid the obstacles that I believe are in my way, God has already quietly removed them. I have to laugh at the thought of how I must look to God, trying to carefully dodge all those things He has so graciously taken completely out of my path.
Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." ~ Matthew 19:26