One of the first discoveries for me was tether ball. I loved this game. Truthfully, it wasn't for the altruistic reason of it being inclusive. I actually won on occasion, and for an elementary kid, that's pretty great stuff.
Somehow, as I was reading Joshua 1:10-15, I made a connection between tether ball and Joshua's relationship with God. From early on, Joshua had received unique promises from God. He also received orders on how to finally bring the nation of Israel into the Promised Land.
Joshua was tethered to God by their shared history and promises. But he was also unfettered and able to make his own decisions about each step on the last leg of the Hebrew children's journey of hope. Tethered, but unfettered.
Our God is so big and loves us so much, he gave us the freedom to make our own choices: “I have now given you a choice between a blessing and a curse. When all these things have happened to you, and you are living among the nations where the Lord your God has scattered you, you will remember the choice I gave you." (Deuteronomy 30:1 GNT)
I don't know about you, Dear Reader, but I'm so thankful I can choose to echo the words of the psalmist, "But as for me, I will pray to you, Lord; answer me, God, at a time you choose. Answer me because of your great love, because you keep your promise to save." (Psalm 69:13 GNT) I'm thankful God is so big, He can keep us connected to him while allowing us to make our own decisions. My prayer is for my trust in God to be reflective of his trust in me.