Total pandemonium. This is what I experienced recently when my wife and I visited an indoor playground for children in Anchorage. The concept of this business is simple: serve really good food to entice parents to bring their children there for lunch and to play on their equipment instead of the massive fast food restaurant across the street. It worked—hook, line, and sinker.
My children instantly disappeared into a sea of chaos and germs to enjoy the new toys and friends they had to play with while we ordered lunch.
When our food arrived we had our kids sit down at a table and eat before they could go play again and it was at this point that I witnessed an interesting look into the human psyche. They both sat there watching everyone else playing instead of eating their food so they could go and join in. It was absolutely fascinating to me. All they needed to do was eat half a sandwich and some apple slices and they would be released back to the sea of non-tranquility they were pining for.
It made me think of Jesus’ conversation in the fifth chapter of John’s gospel when he asked a man who had been paralyzed for 38 years if he wanted to be healed. Now, I don’t know about you, but that seems like a silly question to ask—until you hear the man’s response. He began to make excuses for why he couldn’t be healed.
I wonder how different we are than this man. How many times do we say we want a closer connection to Jesus only to never open up our Bibles? How often do we say we want God’s will for our life only to never pray? How often do we say we want God’s blessing in our life but never make him a priority in it?
It’s time to stop staring at the life you desire--eat your sandwich, and go enjoy them. Pray. Read your Bible. Stop dwelling far from God and make him a priority in your life. You’ll find it much better than sitting at the table being bored and hungry.
Nick Higgins is the Worship & Student Pastor at Kenai New Life Assembly located on the Kenai Spur Highway with services on Sundays at 9 and 10:30 a.m.