Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Rubik's Cube and Faith

The year:1980
The fashion: long, skinny scarves
The fad: Rubik's Cube

Fast-forward to last week. My children were/are completely enamored of the Rubik's Cube.
So much so that Briggita wanted one for her birthday last week.
Thankfully, she received two.

I haven't had to do the whole, "Everybody take turns" drill in years! Now, since we have two, everyone has ample opportunity to fry their brain cells (including Mom, Dad and yes, Nana too).

But before we owned our own, there were a few kids at church that had them and our children were able to try puzzle solving.

Our resident smarty-pants Leisl was gleaming with joy as she turned the Cube towards me and said, "Look how close I am!"

It looked like this:

She had two squares left on one side and she was very excited.

Now, keep in mind, she knows me and was not at all offended or bothered by what I said.

I looked at it and said, "No you're not. Not even close babe."

Unfortunately, the other people standing around don't know me that well and, from the gasps, think I'm a bit hard of heart.

But later I explained to Leisl a little secret of the Rubik's Cube.

The center doesn't change. Only the outsides can be rotated.

I told her that she could have worked on that puzzle for the rest of her natural life and still not gotten that side to be all white because the center was red. It was the "red" side.

As I was drawing this out on the white board, it hit me.

That center square is like our heart. The other squares are the external attitudes, attributes and accomplishments that other people see. We can work for our whole natural life on getting the outer squares in order and still completely miss the mark. Every part can be in place but if our center is wrong our "puzzle" will never be complete.

A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you:
and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh,
and I will give you an heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26

In this passage, Ezekiel reveals God's desire for the children of Israel, as well as the Christian believer that is grafted into the family of God. God's desire is that we have a new spirit, specifically His Holy Spirit, and a new heart, His heart, to replace our hard, sinful heart.

Once our heart, the center is correct, God goes about His business of perfecting the outer squares of our lives practically so that they match the perfection of our heart positionally.

Once we have Romans 10:9'd it, God sees us as perfect and holy. Our center square is "right."
The remainder of our walk with the Lord is us being perfected in a practical way so that our outer matches our inner man (woman).

Why?

1 Peter 1:15-16 tells us,
But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Light has no fellowship with darkness, holiness can have no fellowship with impurity, and God, Jesus the Christ, who is Light and who is Holy, desires to have fellowship with us, an unholy, sinful people. He cannot be anything other than what He is so He transforms us to be like Him.

My journey with the Lord is not yet finished but I have learned that when I am operating with the right "center" square-cooperating with the work of the Lord and abiding in Him, everything falls into place. Even though things may feel a bit mixed-up, my heart has peace and joy.

The bible says,

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 1 John 3:2

In other words,
be encouraged saints of God,

one day soon, our puzzle will be complete.



5 comments:

Andrea Bell said...

That is great...;) The other thing is...as long as we revolve around the Lord, who never changes, and we try to align our will up with His then everything we do will line up perfectly.

I finally had to admit to the Lord that my plans have not been succeeding. I realized it is because I am working on my agenda and what I want to accomplish instead of asking Him what He is doing in me, and concentrating on that. big duh...:) eheheheh Thank you Lord for Your never ending patience!!!

Lainie said...

Yes that's true that we should line up our will with His...

But I love the fact that ultimately it is His work to do and I will get there eventually-He is faithful and just to forgive and to cleanse.

Anonymous said...

Oh, the mystery of Rubik . . . uh, I mean - Oh the mystery of God. Profound yet simple - puzzling! Love, Los

Kim (aka- Kanga-mom and sometimes Rabbit-mommy) said...

I reread this post today and was glad I did. I often forget that I am a work in progress, and that I need to let God do His good work in me and through me. That no matter how much I grit my teeth, and grunt and groan with effort, nothing gets accomplished unless it is His will. This was a good reminder for me to check my heart when I get frustrated or stubborn. Check my heart, my center-square. Odds are that if I'm angry, or irritated, my heart is not right with the Lord, and that is where I need to focus my energy first. Not on the external stuff.

Great insight Lainie!

Oh, and by the way, if you are my 2 little girls, there is always another option: Just take off the stickers!

Lainie said...

LOL about the sticker removal!

I'm glad it was the right post at the right time today.

God's good that way isn't He?

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