If you’ve ever played the game “Rock, Paper, Scissors” (who hasn’t?), you know it’s this circular hierarchy in which rock crushes scissors (naturally), scissors cut paper (duh!), and paper covers rock (what?!?).
Imagine, if you will, what the rock must think of this. “What the heck?!? I’m a ROCK. A stupid piece of paper lands on me, and THAT’S supposed to beat me?!? I WILL CRUSH IT. ALONG WITH WHOEVER MADE UP THESE STUPID RULES.”
What? You’ve never imagined a talking rock before? Weird…
But now imagine the paper’s point of view. “I know I look like just a weak, flimsy piece of paper that can’t do anything brave or useful. Sometimes I feel that way, too. But I know who I am. Don’t underestimate me – I can beat a ROCK!”
Recently I was the recipient of a vivid object lesson that reminded me a lot of Paper vs. Rock.
You see, I love putting together large jigsaw puzzles, but my carpeted bedroom floor is not necessarily conducive to this hobby. So several years ago I got this 3-foot-by-4-foot piece of plexiglass to put on the floor so I could do puzzles. I think it covered at least half of the open floor space in my room. Not even joking.
I also have this plaque/decoration thing shaped into the word “Faith” with two little birdies on top, and it says, “With God all things are possible.”
So anyway, the other day I inadvertently knocked the plaque off of my bookshelf and onto my puzzle board. In that split-second of horror while it was falling, I fully expected the plaque to crack or to break.
Instead, where it had fallen there was a spider-web crack in the plexiglass.
So why do I tell you all this?
Because we all face obstacles that threaten to crack or break our faith. We all feel like a worthless piece of paper taking on a giant rock from time to time. But guess what?
Paper beats rock.
Bionic faith birdies beat plexiglass puzzle board.
No matter how weak or shaken or inadequate you feel, God is stronger than any impossibility you face. You can do anything through Him who gives you strength.
“If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)
Go get ‘em, paper!
[November 21, 2013]