Twisting And Turning : Life, Happiness, And Solving The Rubik’s Cube

The Rubik’s Cube

I have never figured out or mastered the Rubik’s Cube. Do you remember the Rubik’s Cube? If you were a kid during the 60’s and 70’s like I was, you probably remember this colorful and frustrating puzzle. The Rubik’s cube can still be seen and purchased in stores today. But, its popularity is nothing close to what it was 40 years ago.

The Rubik’s Cube was invented in 1974 by a Hungarian sculptor and architecture professor by the name of Erno Rubik. Rubik built the cube as a tool to explain 3-D geometry to his students. Rubik designed the cube to have 6 different colored sides. The six colors of the Rubik’s Cube are white, red, blue, orange, green, and yellow. The cube is comprised of 21 pieces and 54 outer surfaces.

Some amazing facts about the cube

The object of the Rubik’s Cube is to get all six sides of the cube a solid color. All six surfaces are designed with sections that rotate in order to twist and turn the cube in attempts to accomplish the geometrical feat. The Rubik’s cube has an astounding 43 quintillion different possible configurations! Wow! To put it another way that may bring this amazing statistic into perspective…if you turned the Rubik’s Cube once every second, it would take you 1400 trillion years to finish going through all the configurations! That is simply mind boggling!

My first cube

I remember buying a Rubik’s Cube back in the mid seventies when I was about twelve years old. It came packed in a little box with clear plastic windows to allow you to see the colorful sides of the cube. The funny thing about it is that the Rubik’s Cube comes perfect. When you buy a Rubik’s Cube, all 6 sides are a solid color. In order to see whether you can solve the mystery of the Rubik’s Cube, you first have to intentionally mess it up. Once the cube is in a totally mixed up hodgepodge of colors, the quest at hand is to try to get the cube back into the state that it was intended to be.

Life is like the Rubik’s Cube

It occurred to me that the lives of many people today are a jumbled mess much like a Rubik’s Cube. Many people have taken intentional actions that have distorted their cube (life) and left it a scrambled mess. For many, their life is nothing close to what God the creator of the cube (our life or mankind as we know it) meant for it to be. Man was created perfect. When God created Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, they were perfect in every way. They were created in the image and likeness of God himself. Even though man was created and designed in a state of perfection, God gave man the ability to make his own turns and twists in life. Every twist had the potential to disrupt the perfect image and design in which they were created.

When sin came into the world through the disobedience of Adam and Eve, mankind was forever changed. The cube (mankind) that was designed to be in a perfect and solved condition was disrupted. Every person born since that time has been born with the tainted image of sin. As people journey through life, many will try their own method of twisting and turning their cube. They twist and turn trying to find happiness, peace, and contentment. Just as with the Rubik’s Cube, there are an endless number of paths and actions we can take.

You can’t solve your cube without God

What many folks may not realize is that what they are actually trying to do is to get their cube (life) back into the state that God intended it to be. There is however a problem when you try to solve your cube by your own methods and actions. The only one who has the solution to solve your cube is the one who created it. Rubik knew the necessary geometric algorithm needed to solve the Rubik’s Cube. After all, he was the one who created it. Because God created mankind, He has the formula and solution to solve the chaotic state of our lives and return them to their intended state.

You may be thinking to yourself that there are many people who have successfully solved the Rubik’s Cube. Though many people have purchased a Rubik’s Cube and solved it, they had to use the method and formula developed by the creator. Without that necessary algorithm, it is impossible to solve the cube. Our lives are the same way. Too often people go through life trying to fix their messed up life using their own methods. They live day to day twisting and turning; struggling to make sense of life. They long to find the happiness that eludes them. Until a person realizes they must consult the creator for the solution, their life will never be brought back into the state God intended.

There is a manual for the solution

Even when we get our cube (life) back into the way God intended it to be, that doesn’t mean we won’t sometimes make a mistake. Often we resort to our own twists that disrupt our cube from matching God’s plan for our life. The good news is even though the cube of life may seem impossible to solve, there is hope! That hope is in Jesus Christ. God sent his son Jesus to die for us so that we would have a means to submit ourselves to the control of our creator.

If you are struggling to make sense of a messed up life, I have good news! The solution to your cube of life is in the manual. That manual is the Bible. Regardless of what twists and turns you take in life, you will never come back to the place you were intended to be unless you follow the plan of the Creator.

I’ll soon be 54 years old, and I have still never figured out the Rubik’s Cube. Of whatever gifts or skills I have, the mind and intellect of an engineer or geometry expert is not one of them. I guess that’s why I don’t own a Rubik’s Cube anymore. I have not figured out the solution to the Rubik’s Cube, but I have figured out the solution to life. That solution is Jesus Christ. Are you tired of twisting and turning in life trying to find peace and happiness? If so, turn to the Creator of the cube. He not only has the solution, He IS the solution.

Thanks for reading!

Until next time,

Mark

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