Saturday, March 31, 2012
Gaming, an escape.
I love gaming. I enjoy the hobby as much as any other basement dwelling nerd would. I love the roll of the dice, imagining the clash of weapons against armor, the feeling that, for a moment, I was in another world. Gaming is a wonderful and relaxing escape from the grind of the day to day. My drug of choice is Dungeons & Dragons 3.5. I love 3.5! Now I understand that there are entire threads dedicated to the flaming of the various editions, this isn’t one of them. What you like is what you like and that’s ok because it’s you liking it.
Any how, back on target. Jesus said, “Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.”(1)
It’s important to understand the difference from finding an escape and rest. When I go through trials in life and things get difficult, I for one want to escape. I want to get as far away from my problems as quickly as possible. When I return, my problems are waiting. The anxiety and fear is staring me right in the face.
What Jesus meant by giving us rest was that He, through His divine power, will take from us the thing that is causing us to be weary or heavy laden. It’s not a magic pill, it may not be instantaneous. He, through the ability to bend the fabric of reality itself will cause a solution. The catalyst of this magnificent process is faith.
When we cast our burdens to Jesus(2), He takes them, He conquers them, and in doing so leaves us without our trials and thus bringing us to a place of rest. We can finally let our guard down because there is nothing that will try to harm you while consumed by His graces(3).
Faith is the evidence of things unseen(4). In the midst of your casting of burdens, it may seem as though it were going dreadfully slow, that the Lord is doing nothing. Consider yourself like a fish in a tank covered by a sheet. Nothing seems to be changing all around you, all you see is your tank covered but outside, the room is being durastically altered. What you see is not the reality. Jesus is the reality, hang on to His words and trust in the midst of it and you will not be let down(5).
Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all of your ways acknowledge Him, and He will set your paths straight.(6)
So remember, when life throws you a curveball, it’s easy to escape, but it’s better to trust in Him.
Thank you Jesus!