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Faith Imagined: The Wii Circle

Faith Imagined

Alisa Hope Wagner: Christian Writer

July 6, 2009

The Wii Circle

I make compilation Christian CDs and play them while I drive. I love all Christian music, and I like to expose my kids to the wide selection we are blessed with today. My oldest son reads the track number of each song and memorizes what song goes with what number.

While I was driving yesterday, I really wanted to listen to track 2 ("Awakening" by Switchfoot), but my son kept insisting that we listen to his favorite. I asked him what his favorite was. He thought for a moment and said, "Number 12." I didn't believe him. I told him that he was making up a number just because he didn't want to listen to what I wanted to listen to.

He kept yelling from the backseat to play track 12. I asked him to tell me what the song was about. He couldn't explain it, and again I thought he was just making it up. (Sometimes I forget that my son is only five).

Once we got home, I skipped the CD to track 12 because I wanted to make a point to my son. I just knew it was one of the songs he didn't prefer. When the song came on, I realized that he had picked my current favorite song, "One Trick Pony" by Mercy Me.

"You see, Mom! I wanted you to play your favorite song!" he said from the backseat.

I felt horrible. All along my son wanted me to play my favorite song. He knew that this song always cheered me up. I was totally missing the point. I was so consumed with what I wanted that I couldn't see my own son trying to bless me.

I gave him a big hug and apologized, and I thanked him for being so sweet to me.

As I walked into the house, I asked God, "Why can't I get it right?"

God has been teaching me a lot lately about His children. What I've realized is that my kids are not mine at all. I know people say it all the time, "They're not really my kids. God just loaned them to me." However, I never really understood the depth of that statement until recently.

God gave me an image of my son's soul next to mine in Heaven. I was no longer his mother. We were both simply souls in a vast horizon made up of God's children. The important thing is not that I'm his earthly mother. The important thing is that God chose my son's soul to be under my care for a season. God has allowed me to have a huge influence on another soul of His creation.

God has made it abundantly clear that I will raise His child precisely as He says. I will be held accountable, and this is a job I do not take lightly. But with this realization came an intense weight of responsibility. I do not want to mess up.

But, as in the track 12 example, I do mess up. I started to feel anxious. How could I possibly raise God's children perfectly? I'm an imperfect human. There is no way I'll raise my kids according to God's plan exactly. I daily make mistakes.

As I fretted over this, God gave me an image of the "Wii Circle." If you don't know what the Wii is, it's a video game system. Along with this system, you can purchase a fitness program called Wii Fit.

I don't own a Wii; but I went to a friend's house for a game night, and she had one. I played one session of the Wii Fit. I had to stand on a platform that weighed me - in front of everyone! - and I began doing different strength training moves. On the TV screen was a dot that represented my performance. There was a circle around the dot. If I could keep my dot within the circle's limits, I would have a near perfect score.

My dot wasn't streamlined; in fact, it moved and wiggled a lot. Nevertheless, my dot stayed within the circle. As long as it stayed within the circle, my score was great!

When God showed me the image of the Wii Circle, I instantly felt relieved. Of course I would never be perfect. God knows that! He puts a circle of grace around me. Even though I mess up, I can still do an awesome job at raising my kids, at being a wife, a friend, a leader, etc. As long as I stay within the confines of His grace, I can still make a near perfect score at this life.

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. - Hebrews 4.16(NIV)

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Blogger Karen said...

I loved this post! "
God gave me an image of my son's soul next to mine in Heaven."
Very thought provoking and made for pondering...

The analogy with the Wii was such a good example of the Lord's circle of grace....

10:35 PM  
Blogger Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

This post is amazing! So terrific that I shared it with a gal pal of mine. Thank you for sharing.

10:58 PM  
Blogger Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

I just loved this post today. I can tell that you are a great mom and a Godly woman! I just love the picture of you and your sons souls together in heaven.

I can't imagine not being my children's mother in heaven (they are probably glad!). Our love for our kids is just so deep and we mom's just want to hold on.

I loved the wii analogy as well. Very thought provoking!

11:42 PM  
Blogger 3 Blessings said...

Your posts are always so well written and right on for what I often feel as a woman or a mom. Thank you for the Light you shine for our Lord.

4:55 PM  
Blogger OceanDreams said...

I love Christian music too and I recently made a new mix when I was going through hard times - it's my devotion time in the car! Your little boy is too precious and so thoughtful. ;) You battle with what everyone battles with, it is hard sometimes to be the "perfect" mother, sister, girlfriend, etc. But you are so right! God loves us, despite our imperfections. Our imperfections make us beautiful.

6:04 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

Alisa---this was just right !!

I remember the countless lessons our girls taught me..about how GOD loves---even through all the messes I make...and many other lessons!

Thank you for your comment on my other blog "Sisters of Faith"! We LOVE our retreats!!! It is a great time of sisterly love and getaway...:)

Have a blessed evening!

9:23 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

Oh how HE loves us and the beautiful lessons that comes from the most unexpected sources!

Very well written!

11:03 PM  
Blogger Tea With Tiffany said...

Great! I loved this. Especially the idea of the circle of grace God puts around us. Amen..

Hugs, friend,


11:34 PM  
Blogger 3 Blessings said...

I nominated you for an award at my site.

5:58 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

A lot of great lessons in this post. My girls and I also listen to P&W worship music in the car. In my old van, I had a five-disc CD changer, and my 6-year-old would say:

"Mommy, put on CD 1, Song 3," which was 'Boomin' By TobyMac. Now, that's a rocking tune!

It amazes me what little ones can remember.

I loved the message here at Faith Imagined. ... I love how you describe our souls being next to one another in Heaven -- all under the parentship of God.


7:58 AM  
Blogger Sarah Dawn said...

Delighted to meet you! Such a joy to read your words, dripping with His love and grace. So thankful for His grace in my life as well. Dear one, keep writing, the world is reading.

Blessings from Costa RIca,
Sarah Dawn

8:35 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

This was a great post!

I sometimes have to tell my daughter (when she wants to do something that most sixteen year old wants to do) that God has put her in our care and we are accountable in raising her God's way.

Thanks for the visit,

10:11 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

This was such a touching post and a good reminder that we can do anything with God as our leader, as long as we're willing to surrender to him. Thanks!

11:53 AM  
Blogger Melissa Miller said...

Oh what a sweet son you have! Thanks for sharing this story with us. I remember hearing of Switchfoot on AI whe my favorite performer did a song by them.
I did not realize they were a Christian group. I will check them out further.

Have a blessed week.
~Warmly, Melissa :)

12:23 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

I realize you wrote this a year ago, but, I needed this today. So, thank you! Have a great summer :)

10:06 AM  

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