3rd Thursday in Lent

“The best toys are the ones with no instructions” – Will, age 6

At home with my sons during spring break I’ve caught up on the latest Spongebob and Jimmy Neutron plots, learned that Jake already has a cross over dribble, and I’ve found out that if they had made Star Wars Legos when I was six I might have become an engineer. Will made the above comment during an extended Lego session. He had just finished inventing some sort of space cruiser that not only flies very fast and shoots lasers out of the front and back, but had a cafeteria inside as well. “So the Jedi can eat chicken nuggets.”

In a similar way, I find it very hard not to follow the instructions when it comes to my relationships with God. I attend church, memorize the hymns and prayers, and always cross myself during the blessing. I give up something during lent. I wear my best tie on Easter Sunday.

But it’s the time I spend with God without instructions that is the most rewarding. I might be alone at night typing on my laptop or outside playing basketball with Jake when I hear her voice or recognize the splendor of her creation. I am trying to do this more often, trying to ignore the instructions and branch out on my own. As Will knows, its more fun to invent your own starship than build the one on the box. Walter

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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