If you’ve played chess, then you know how the opening moves are always dull to watch. They don’t look significant or important but international chess masters explain how the opening moves are the most important and how they pave the way to winning the whole game. There is a whole strategy behind it. The dull, insignificant moves made in the beginning of the game gives way to victory.
Which chess player has won a game by making just one move? None.
Exactly. None. It is impossible.
I was thinking of this yesterday (I don’t enjoy chess or think of it often).
Specifically because I wanted God to do something for me right away. I started thinking if the steps I’m taking right now are helping me at all. They look mediocre, insignificant and not very strategic. But I was reminded if I look back at some of God’s greatest works, there were always moves which looked very normal and completely pointless that lead the way to the great final move to victory.
This reminded me how I need to be patient with the process. It may take time and it may look like nothing is really happening but things are moving, exactly how our Father wants it to move. Just like the master chess player, God is orchestrating every move with a great plan in mind. There are no insignificant moves, only grand ones.
So friend, don’t lose heart. The game has only begun and we are slowly but most certainly moving towards victory. Oh, and our Father has never lost a game.
Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.” Joshua 6:2-5
I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. Jeremiah 29:11 (MSG)