Have you played the game of Tetris?
In Tetris, combinations of squares forming various shapes, continue to drift down from the top of the page. The player controls the orientation of the shapes and determines their placement as they set down at the bottom. When a row at the bottom is completely filled, it is deleted.
The challenge is that no row of blocks has any unfilled spaces before the row above it is set down. The object of the game is to rotate the shapes in order to delete lines as quickly as they are formed. A Russian Scientist invented the game in 1984.
In the current version that I have, when playing Tetris, the placement of the piece you chose determines the next piece that is sent down.
It’s like life. I’ve always said whenever we have trials, it’s a ‘God allowed’ adversity, He doesn’t give us trials, he only gives us the good. He could take away our adversity in the blink of an eye but allows trials with one purpose; to help us get close to Him.
My Game of Tetris
I was interested in nutrition at a young age. Had I embraced what I learned, and applied it in my life, perhaps I wouldn’t have gotten MS as my adversity (no one knows). I didn’t embrace the nutrition (I decided to cook as my husband liked and be a a milk and cookies mom, warm cookies waiting for the kids when they got off the school bus).
When I was diagnosed, the MS ABC drugs (Avonex, Betaseron, Copaxone) had been recently FDA approved, had I immediately started using them, maybe the symptoms wouldn’t have gotten so bad (still, no one knows).
Non the less, I have learned great things living with MS! It really has been a bag of gold. I’ve gotten close to God, my husband and I have become best friends, I have learned to be 100% honest with myself and the list goes on!
When talking to my husband about it the other night, thinking about all the blessings we’ve received because of my MS experience, he asked if I wasn’t a bit grateful for the MS.
I thought, no, I’m really not. It was a very expensive price to pay to learn what I’m learning. I think that if I had embraced nutrition or started on the MS pharmaceuticals as I am now, maybe I wouldn’t have suffered with MS. Even so, I’m sure another combination of squares (COS) would have been dropped down. I’d have had different trials to learn and grow from.
No matter, it would have been an opportunity, possibly even more difficult, and I’d have learned what the Lord wanted me to learn.
I believe God sees what we need, considers what we can handle, and allows opportunities to happen so that we can get where he wants us to be.
The decisions we make will determine what comes next. Just like a game of Tetris!