I love watch chess players, especially the games played with a time-limit. I am one who never got beyond the rudimentary stage, yet I find those who have become masters of the game fascinating. They see the whole world. They can anticipate moves within moves that are within yet even more layers of moves. They see and move to block, lure, and entrap their opponent. There is a game within the game.
When I look back over the years I can see friends who had that ability in different areas. One looked at a financial balance sheet and it the musical script was clearer than an opera. Another listens to music and scribbles down the cords as the band is playing. Still another walks up and knows, almost intuitively, that a cylinder is misfiring on the car.
Can’t you see the moves? Do you see the conflict between strategy and decision making in those numbers? The song could work if we pitched it a half-step lower for our group. Is something misbehaving with your ignition system?
No, I can’t. They seem fine to me. Really? How would I know?
“Like the horizons for breadth and the ocean for depth, the understanding of a good leader is broad and deep.” (Proverbs 25.3)
In much of my life I find things moving just beyond my sight and ability to understand. I find myself disoriented and lost. I worry about the past and fret about the future. “If only” echoes in my mind far more than I admit. In this conundrum God offers you and I something unique.
“Come, rest in me and I will take care of the future. Be and I will help you learn from the past. Give me your worries and cares. I am willing and more than able to carry them. I can see the future; it is awesome and beyond comprehension. Trust me and we will go there together.”
God’s leadership is available for all. Today is a fresh decision point. Today my sights are clear – God is my point of being. Anticipation.