Since God formed the dust of the earth into the body of Adam and breathed life into him, mankind has pondered the meaning of it all. The great philosopher …. ahem ….Forrest Gump stated that, “Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” Recently I overheard a conversation at work that basically related to how the sum of our experiences is what makes us what we are at any given point in time. One of the guys said that “Life is like a game of Solitaire, the moves you are presented with are reflected by the moves you’ve made previously. An interesting thought to ponder, and it holds some merit.
In the picture above, which black Queen would you move under the red King?
- Move the first column Queen to make room for another King to be put in play?
- Move the sixth column Queen because other playable cards are ‘trapped’ underneath?
My answer? I don’t know. My default manner of play is that I want to reveal as many cards as possible, so I would take the sixth column Queen with some trepidation. That’s how ‘I’ think. Others would want what is known at present and go with the first column Queen. I suspect that my Solitaire play is about as good as anyone else’s. But the Bible tells us, “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” – Prov 14:12 NIV.
I have no deep theological lesson or mind exercise here, just a simple observation that the Proverbs are short nuggets of truths for a life well lived. That may not always be a life of wealth and prosperity as the world counts prosperity because everyone takes a different path and grows and matures differently. I suggest another Proverb to consider, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Prov 3:5-6.
There are 31 chapters in the book of Proverbs. Try reading a chapter a day each month.