Thankfully, through my children, I never have to grow up!
One of my favorite things to do in my free time is to build LEGO’s with Micah, our 5 year old. We can have so much fun just losing ourselves in the piles and piles of bricks that overwhelm his bedroom.
When we are playing together, I love to just sit and watch him build. It is truly amazing to see some of the wild, yet advanced, creations that can come out of his young mind. What can be even more remarkable is watching his ability, at 5 years old, to follow the instructions of LEGO sets that are designed for kids two times his age…and follow them to the tee.
While some of the sets find their way to me to build, it isn’t because he isn’t capable; it is because he has fun watching and learning from me as I build. But the reality is he could do them on his own, and chooses to when he wants.
He will proudly confess, “I can build that without Daddy’s help.”
For his birthday last July, we bought him an extreme LEGO set, a remote control, 4X4 LEGO truck, consisting of around 1,300 pieces to assemble.
As we tore open cellophane bag after cellophane bag and the hundreds of pieces littered the table, Micah knew he had stumbled upon something bigger than himself. As much as he would like to be able to build the whole set, it was just bigger than he was.
He had to have Daddy’s help. In fact, he was eager to receive my help.
In our own lives, I think we face the same thing. Day to day, when things are going well, we have a sense of pride in that ‘we’ve got this’, life isn’t too bad.
Then something happens. We find ourselves responding to life as humans and anger, or lust, or greed, or pride get the best of us. Life, that was once going so well, is now scattered into hundreds of pieces across the table because of our decisions.
It is in these moments in our lives when we look at the pieces and we remember we can’t put it back together on our own. But there is someone who can help us take the pieces scattered across the table and form something beautiful. An awesome creation that we didn’t know could be made from so many fragments.
In 2nd Corinthians Paul reminded us of the promise, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.”
How do we get there? David, in the depth and sorrow of his poor decisions dictated by personal desires, left us with a beautiful response with Psalm 51. While I encourage you to read the whole Psalm sometime, in essence David said this,
“Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit in me. Restore the joy of your salvation…”
God can take the broken pieces of our decisions and put them together again, if we lay them before him to create as He will!