RISK

It’s a tradition.  Any holiday that I am with my 2 brother-in-law’s for more than a 6-hour stretch it is bound to happen.  The board is taken out and territories are distributed.  A yearly game of RISK ensues.

I love the game, even though I’ve only won it once against real people (The cell phone version against the ‘computer’ is much easier).
And so, it should come as no surprise that when this day finally came, I would be a very prod parent.
Of course, the day I am talking about, is the day when my son Nathan took interest in RISK.
It happened this week, and even though on the box it says the game is for ages 12 and up, he has shown himself to be ready.  We downplay the battles that take place and emphasize the strategy and math and geography.  It’s a blast and we play a couple times a day.
When I think of RISK, I think of the classic Seinfeld episode.  Jerry walks into the room and sees Newman and Kramer playing, and makes the statement, “A game of world domination being played by two people who can barley run their own lives.”
It’s a funny line that is appropriate of the two characters playing.
But as I let the truth of those words sink in, I find myself right in the middle of the joke sometimes.
Like life is big and I am small.
Like I can excel at certain ‘games’ in life, but am struggling in the overall ‘big picture.’
Like there are many different things swirling around me, some of which are well out of my control.
Do you ever feel that way?
David did.  Reading many of the Psalms, we see that at times, this warrior was overwhelmed and under-confident.
Look at Psalm 3
“O Lord, how my adversaries have increased!
Many are rising up against me.
Many are saying of my soul,
“There is no deliverance for him in God.”

But You, O Lord, are a shield about me,
My glory, and the One who lifts my head.
I was crying to the Lord with my voice,
And He answered me from His holy mountain.
I lay down and slept;
I awoke, for the Lord sustains me.
I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people
Who have set themselves against me round about.

Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God!”

When we pray, God gives us peace and comfort.  Many times the circumstances around us don’t slow down, or even sort out.  But through that time with our Father, we slow down and we can better navigate this road we call life and any RISKS that come or way.