As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Since being hospitalized for a week this past January, my MIL (and as she doesn't wish for her real name to appear here, I'll just reference her with these initials) has been staying with us. My husband, Danny, and I have successfully lived without "live" television for years now, but to accommodate MIL, we subscribe to YouTube TV so she can catch all her favorite shows. It's been quite the adjustment for us, as we're not accustomed to background noise of any kind in the house, but it does make MIL happy, and that's what counts.
While neither Danny nor I could give a care about the daytime shows, MIL has successfully hooked us on her favorite evening program: Jeopardy! We gather eagerly around the television as 7:30 rolls around, and remain fixated on the game from start to finish. I even keep "score" as we blurt out answers, sometimes all at once, if one of us happens to respond correctly, especially if it's a Daily Double. Woo-hoo!
More often than not, though, that's not the case. There are a total of 60 questions on the Jeopardy board any given night, plus the Final Jeopardy round. If any of us manage to answer 15 out of the 60, we consider ourselves fortunate. So with such low odds, what's the deal with our attraction to it?
It's the challenge of having to pit our knowledge, such as it is, against the highly qualified contestants; thinking quickly and responding in a flash. What a great mental exercise this is, even when we fail or falter.
But it's humbling, too. So often, we strut around thinking we know so much; proud of our education and life experience. Playing Jeopardy blows that fallible presumption out of the water.
And I'm reminded of the too many times I've chosen my way over God's ways, my thoughts over His, foolishly assuming that I can do whatever task or challenge before me all on my own.
It takes heartfelt humility to admit that, but isn't that exactly what God wants from us? A humble, contrite heart, dependent upon Him for everything?
Or to put that in Jeopardy speak, "What is 'yes?'"
And if answering God with a 'yes' is the Daily Double, you can bet I'm risking it all.
Every time . . .