Have you ever played the Whack-a-mole game? You hold a big hammer and as the mole sticks his head out of the hole, you whack it over the head back into its hole and get points for success. Oddly, I never found much success. Just not quick enough. Just not sly enough to know which little mole was gonna really stick his head up for me to whack.
I recall a young mom writing a blog about kids’ bedtime being like whack-a-mole. It was hilariously true….you think you have all the kids settled and then one of them appears out of nowhere, “I’m thirsty.” You handle that kid’s need and swiftly get that kid back in bed only to spot another one out of bed by the time you get back downstairs. And on and on this goes and then the author of the funny blog concludes that Bedtime should be in the morning when mom is well-rested. It’s a cute story and one I related to when I read it, though our little mole was just Molly…over and over and over again popping out of bed.
But this blog isn’t intended to focus on bedtime troubles. My kids are at ages that they tuck me in bed on occassion. Mama is tired and can’t function past 9:00 very well.
But the whack-a-mole illustration came to mind when a problem arose, and I was frustrated because I am usually pretty good with this certain area, so I was surprised that I was challenged and feeling defeated. I said to myself, “Just when you get a few things going in the right direction, WHAM! Something you usually don’t worry about ends up taking you out.”
I recall a few recent past success….
BAM! The “mole” of all the tests and quizzes and grades and homework. It was so hard to get a handle on what was my role and what was each kids’ role with our transition to traditional school, but we have gotten into a rhythm. It isn’t perfect, but I don’t check their grades every four hours anymore. And I don’t ask them about grades as soon as they get in the car at the end of the day. And I don’t sit with Mack throughout his whole homework session. Whacking that mole back into its place.
BAM! My attitude about something has been R-O-T-T-E-N lately, and I was having a hard time shaking it. I would get in the mire of negativity and feel like I would drown there. But, God helped me in several ways, and I was grateful and it felt like shackles dropped off my wrists and freedom was sweet. Whacking that attitude back in place.
BAM! I have been tracking my food on a health app and chatting with a nutritionist some in order not to take ten steps back during the holidays with food choices. This isn’t easy, and I actually do not like journaling every bit of food I eat, but you better believe I feel like a winner over the “mole” of mindless eating or emotional eating during this busy season. Whacking that fork out of my hand every now and then is needed.
And I could go on. Steps of freedom. Steps of obedience. Steps toward people. Steps closer to health.
So when this last “mole” popped up, I didn’t even have my hammer in my hand to whack it back where it belongs. No, I sat there and had a conversation with it and let it ruin my yard. I let it stick around and convince me of my rights and what I deserve and how unfair life is sometimes and how this problem will probably always be with this way.
On the way to school this morning, Mack was reciting his Bible memory verse. James 1:5 says, “But if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
God gives wisdom. God expects that we will need it. God generously gives His wisdom if I ask. So instead of just letting that mole keep living in my mind and wreaking havoc, I got out the hammer of God’s Word and asked for wisdom in how to best handle this situation. And I can trust that at the right time, He will ensure I have the wisdom I need to make the next right decision in my situation. I immediately felt relief and felt a softness come to my heart towards what I was dealing with. It was so simple once I obeyed a truth I had heard a thousand times.
How about you? Do you have a situation that needs a big old whack of God’s Word to set things in order? Do you need His wisdom? Have you asked? Or are you still relying on your own skills and wit to get the job done? Get the hammer of God’s Word out and get to whacking at what is trying to ruin you. Don’t just sit there, helpless. You aren’t!
2 Corinithians 10:5 “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”