After weeks of effort, my 12-year-old son completed the Rubik’s Cube. The fact that he even wanted to engage in this challenge blows my mind. As a child, the Rubik’s Cube was an impossibility for me. Even with my vibrant imagination, I could not conceive of a reality where I would ever figure out the Rubik’s mystery. The more I slid the color cubes around, the more I messed up the color patterns.
I remember one time I figured out one side of the Rubik’s Cube and stopped there. Every time I tried to complete another color pattern, I would rearrange my finished side. I decided that I did not want to risk losing my one completed side to solve the other five. I didn’t realize that in order to achieve the color pattern for all six sides, the Rubik’s Cube would first have to go through disorder.
My son explained that cracking the code is not about focusing on the color pattern, but rather on the algorithms of all the turns. An algorithm is a process or set of rules to be followed to solve a problem. Focusing on the color pattern will only lead to defeat, but focusing on the movement of each turn will lead to victory. There is a process that can be employed to complete every Rubik’s Cube. It’s not a mystery at all. In fact, if the algorithm is followed, anyone can solve the Rubik’s Cube. It may seem disorderly at first, but—color-by-color and side-by-side—the Rubik’s Cube will fall into place.
The same is true for our lives. God has an algorithm for victory that is found in His Word and His will. On the surface, this algorithm may seem to disorder the pieces we have tried so hard to arrange, but we have to trust the process. We must close our eyes and stop looking at the reality of things and begin to see with eyes of faith. God is moving the pieces of our lives, and with every turn we transform into His beautiful design. His movements may not make sense to us now, but eventually they will fall into place. If we can stay faithful to the process, God will arrange our lives for our good, our future and our hope.
Do you feel like God is rearranging your life? Will you trust God and His movements? Have faith in God’s algorithm for your life and watch how beautiful it becomes!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope”
(Jeremiah 29.11 NLT).