During the COVID-19 pandemic and near national shutdown, our daughter’s family has been creative. Many evenings the family has participated in group competitions organized by our grandson. The event has become known as the Corona Quarantine Classic.
One evening, our grandson set up an obstacle course throughout a couple of rooms in the house. Maneuvering through an obstacle course always offers an adventure. However, this one presented a unique challenge. One person had to walk through the maze blindfolded. The other team member had to guide his/her partner through the obstacles by verbal commands.
Allow me to have some fun with the names of our grandchildren as I make a spiritual application to this evening’s activity. The participating grandchildren are Charity, Grace, Faith, Justice and John. I admit that I may be taking a few liberties in what follows.
Teams were set up. While one person traversed the terrain blindfolded, the other team member shouted out commands. The help of a guide was a necessity. No turning to the right or the left until told to do so. It was a little chaotic!
Justice had placed himself at the end of the course. Everyone had to seek Justice.
Grace and Faith were a team. Faith was blindfolded and discovered she could not walk by sight. However, she knew Grace’s help would be sufficient. They made it through the maze’s stumbling blocks when Grace was saved by Faith. Faith was sure of what she hoped for – she hoped to reach Justice unscathed even though she could not see.
Charity was patient and kind (at least most of the time) when she listened to the voice of John. He was able to see, or witness, where she was going. Charity believed what John revealed to her. When Charity removed her blindfold, she could see the light again. She was not too boastful or proud about her accomplishments. Neither was Charity envious of her siblings who had managed their way through the maze.
Even Mom and Dad participated. The kids learned that obeying the directions of their parents was not a bad thing – especially when the kids were blindfolded.
Not only did these teams have to work together giving and following directions, they also were timed. There was a time for everything. The goal was to find out which team could finish the course in the shortest amount of time with the fewest mistakes.
Who won? Everyone! There had been some bumps and wrong turns along the way, but everyone reached the destination. Light was shining again and they no longer needed to walk in darkness. As revealed by John, the attributes of Charity, Grace and Faith were needed to achieve the goal of Justice.
The Hinman’s Corona Quarantine Classic event reveals wisdom for walking through life as well as a message for COVID-19 moments. Listed below are scriptures referenced in the story.
* But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. – John 15:26
* But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth. – John 16:13
* Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” – Isaiah 31:10
* Learn to do right; seek justice. – Isaiah 1:17
* For we walk by faith, not by sight. – II Corinthians 5:7
* But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. – II Corinthians 12:9
* For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. – Ephesians 2:8
* Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. – Hebrews 11:1
* Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. –I Corinthians 13:4
* There came a man who was sent from God. His name was John. He came as a witness to testify about the Light, so that through him everyone might believe. He himself was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light. – John 1:6-8
* Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. – Ephesians 6:1
* There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. – Ecclesiastes 3:1
* When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” – John 8:12