The maze I developed for a game recently did not seem especially challenging.
To make it through, each contestant had to—
1) Step on lily pads floating on a liquid-lava-lake (which looked a lot like squares of paper towel on a carpet).
2) High step through the brier-patch (which looked a lot like yarn strung back and forth at odd angles through the legs of nearby chairs).
3) Crawl through the deep, dark tunnel (which resembled 2 hula-hoops propped upright)
4) Find the huge ball and toss it into the hoop (or get it anywhere close to the camp chair that was a few feet away).
The children and adults doing this challenge wouldn’t have found the course complicated, except for one variable–the person going through the maze had to be blindfolded and guided by voice commands. The game was challenging and hilarious because the contestants could not walk by sight.
The game was the best kind of learning. The kind where you have lots of fun and laughter and also you come away with new insight into life.
Here’s the problem with the maze of life–our physical sight tricks us into believing we are not blindfolded. While we can see the temporary (fake) world, we cannot see the eternal (real) world that we are walking through every day.
We humans are blind to the realities of God’s kingdom. We see things in the real world that make absolutely no sense because what’s going on here is part of a truer story based in the reality of what we cannot see.
Not being able to see is frustrating! Yet every single person who tried the maze made it through because they listened to the voice of someone who could tell them where to go and coach them on how to get out of trouble if they made a misstep.
Often, I find it hard to hear God’s voice over the voice
–of the enemy who is working to distract and destroy me,
–of well-meaning friends who are traversing a different life maze,
–of pride that make me think I can figure out the way and anxiety when I can’t.
No wonder the best source of Wisdom tells us to —
“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 The Message)