Intentional play has rendered the glorious outcome of learning more about the nature and character of God . . . how much infinitely more He must delight in His humans and our legacies than I do in my little virtual barbie dolls, ha. More than the nerdy or natural delight of recreation, I have so enjoyed the way that God plays with me . . . giving me good ideas and encouraging my architectural, psychological, and strategic creativity.

It has been incredibly rewarding to exercise the patience and investment it takes to have a second or third generation sim develop something of a personality, cycle through desires, and identify a life aspiration, and build a legacy of their own.

Most recently I have paid attention to my tendency to cooperate with my sims’ desires by incorporating what they want into my plans for them . . . I’ve waited to assign jobs and furnish spaces not because I want them to do without, but because I want them to have what they want and I don’t know what they want until the desire is expressed in their vitals.

I know that God is not limited in His knowledge of me and my desires; He is not unaware of what will spin through some kind of control panel like a slot machine; but it’s clear in scripture that He chooses to contain Himself and cooperate with me – with us – through prayer and supplication and obedience and faith . . . waiting for and working with me to identify, express and refine my desires before and as He fulfills them.

I’m thinking of one particular second-generation sim {which simply means that he was ‘born’ to a sim couple in the course of game-play as opposed to being designed in the sim builder and starting ‘life’ as an adult} who suddenly wanted to go to college or get into private school just days before it was time for him to age up from a teenager to an adult. There’s a cheat code that allows me to turn off the passage of time, but that would have affected all of the family members in the home. Some of my sims have had to just be ok with an alternate life path because the lifetime aspirations are randomized and not always wholesome; but I could see that his aspiration was something I was willing to make sure he accomplished, so I let those teenage dreams go unfilled, and I let sim-time pass. But I was really intentional about some of the smaller items that contribute satisfaction points, and about making sure that his birthday party and transition to adulthood suited his personal tastes well, and provided a strong foundation for his lifetime aspiration.

As an inanimate virtual barbie doll with no knowledge of or personal relationship to his creator {yours truly, in a way . . . track with me, ha}, this sim had no frame of reference or context for his unfulfilled desires. The game actually even has the characters express emotions like grief and joy over things without your involvement, so he had a little thought bubble with an ‘X’ over the college icon and started crying at his birthday party, ha. What he didn’t know is that I had already spent a couple of hours thoughtfully designing the house he was about to move into, and strategizing about which of the second or third generation female sims would be the best fit for him to eventually get married to, and planning out a way to achieve his lifetime aspiration while maximizing satisfaction and personal development points along with way.

If I have even the slightest attachment to and investment in video game characters – if I don’t give them stones instead of bread – how much more should my Holy, Divine, Intelligent, Kind Creator – our Heavenly Father – be trusted with my human, eternal, made in His image emotions and desires?

If two human hours is seven sim-days that I’m willing to commit to the preparation and coordination of my sims’ aspirations and legacies, how much longer is the patience of God to attach Himself to and invest in our generations and lineages . . . to keep covenant for a thousand generations?


THE LORD DID NOT CHOOSE YOU AND LAVISH HIS LOVE ON YOU BECAUSE YOU WERE LARGER OR GREATER THAN OTHER NATIONS, FOR YOU WERE THE SMALLEST OF ALL NATIONS!

IT WAS SIMPLY BECAUSE THE LORD LOVES YOU, AND BECAUSE HE WAS KEEPING THE OATH HE HAD SWORN TO YOUR ANCESTORS. THAT IS WHY THE LORD RESCUED YOU WITH SUCH AMAZING POWER FROM YOUR SLAVERY UNDER PHARAOH IN EGYPT.

UNDERSTAND, THEREFORE, THAT THE LORD YOUR GOD IS INDEED GOD. HE IS THE FAITHFUL GOD WHO KEEPS HIS COVENANT FOR A THOUSAND GENERATIONS AND CONSTANTLY LOVES THOSE WHO LOVE HIM AND OBEY HIS COMMANDS.

Deuteronomy 7:7-9

take heart,
R.

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