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By Nicole Kerr

I don’t consider myself a video game person, but growing up I did play my fair share of them. I played during the transition between the two-dimension, platformer games to the new three-dimensional games where you could make your character look and move in any direction. So cool!

But one thing I quickly discovered was that there are two types of people who play video games. The objective of the first type of person is to get through the game and to the “boss” as soon as possible – in other words, to just beat the game. Then there are those that take their time in each level discovering the secrets and Easter eggs, gathering all the coins and tools they can before moving on to the next level. I was definitely in the second camp although sometimes I wasn’t trying to spend that much time on the one level; it just took me a while to be able to move on.

I have found this is true in real life as well. Some people just want to move on to the next level, saying things such as “I can’t wait to get to high school,” “I can’t wait to graduate and go to college,” “Can I just be done with school?” “Life will be great when I get married…have a kid…retire.” They live their lives that way always thinking about the next thing, how life will be when they get to the next level.

Just as in the gaming world, I personally don’t move through levels very fast. God seems to stick me in seasons of “wait” more often than I would like. But one thing I have learned is that when I am in that season of wait there are plenty of things I can still learn, plenty of “coins” and “extras” that are available to be discovered and collected if I am willing to wait with God and not try to skip ahead.

HeartsIn each season of wait that God has kept me in, I have learned and discovered so much about Him and myself. I have grown into a different person than I would be if I would have just skipped ahead to the next thing. Spending time in the “single level” taught me to put my identity in God, not in another person’s approval. It showed me areas of weakness in my own life before making them painfully obvious under the microscope of a spouse. The “loss/barren/infertility level” taught me about God’s call on my life and revealed how much I was willing to trust Him with my desires. If you are determined to learn and grow and seek God during your wait, you won’t stay in the same season (level) forever. At long last I recently got to move to the “parenthood level.” I know it will be a long season full of challenges, but I also know that there will be so many secrets to uncover and the reward will be great.

No matter how you play video games, I hope you take your time in each season of life that you find yourself in. Maybe you are in an exciting season and loving every minute and it is easy to take your time. But maybe you are in a season of sickness or loss or stress. It would be easy to just keep your head down and try to plow through as fast as you can. I want to encourage you to ask God to show you what you can learn while you are in this season. If you are going to be stuck there, you might as well learn something, right? And who knows, you may stumble upon a secret door and get out sooner than you thought!

Like the person that rushes to the end of the game, you know you will get there eventually. But how much greater will it feel when you get to the end and see your name on the “high score” board and know that you got everything out of each level that you could? I think the author of Hebrews may have seen things this way as well:

And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart (12:1-3).

About The Author

Nicole Kerr

Nicole Kerr received her marketing degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and currently serves as the Executive Assistant to Open Bible President Randall A. Bach. Her family’s mission is to minister to future generations and help them become leaders and people of influence. She and her husband, Aaron, are currently pursuing this mission by working with the youth at Journey Church of the Open Bible in Urbandale, Iowa. Nicole enjoys writing about what GOD is speaking to her as she is being stretched and grown in each season of life.