Life, Happiness, And Solving The Rubik’s Cube

 

I’ve never been able to figure out or master the Rubik’s Cube. Do you remember the Rubik’s Cube? Just about everyone who was a child during the 60’s and 70’s like I was remembers this cube shaped colorful and frustrating puzzle. The Rubik’s cube can still be seen and purchased in stores today, but the popularity of the cube 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 composed of 21 pieces and 54 outer surfaces. The object of the Rubik’s Cube is to get all six sides of the cube a solid color. The surfaces are designed with sections that rotate to twist and turn the cube allowing someone to attempt 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, consider this. 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 mind-boggling!

I remember buying a Rubik’s cube back in the mid-seventies. I guess I was about twelve years old when I bought my Rubik’s Cube. I remember that it came packed in a little box with clear plastic windows to allow you to see the colorful sides of the cube. The Rubik’s Cube comes perfect. When you buy a Rubik’s Cube, all 6 sides are a solid color. To attempt solving the mystery of the Rubik’s Cube, you first have to mess it up on purpose. Once the cube is in a totally mixed up hodgepodge of colors, the challenge begins. The mission is to try getting the cube back into its originally intended state.

After thinking about the cube, many thoughts filled my mind. Often, people mix up their life like a Rubik’s Cube. People often take very intentional actions that leave their cube (life) a distorted and scrambled mess. Often a person’s life is nothing close to what God the creator of the cube (mankind) 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 that would 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 in a perfect and solved condition was disrupted. Every person born since then has been tainted with the image of sin. As people journey through life, many will try their own method of twisting and turning their cube to find happiness, peace, and contentment. Just as with the Rubik’s Cube, an endless number of actions are possible when pursuing happiness and peace in life. What many don’t realize is they are trying to get their cube (life) back into the state that God intended it to be. However, a problem arises when trying to solve your cube by your own methods and actions. The only one with the solution to solve your cube is the one who created it. Rubik knew the geometric algorithm needed to solve the Rubik’s Cube because he was the one who created it. Just as Rubik knew the solution to the Rubik’s Cube, because God is the creator, he has the formula and solution to solve the chaotic state of your life and return it into the state that it was intended to be.

Truthfully, hundreds, maybe even thousands of people have successfully solved the Rubik’s Cube. Even though many people have purchased a Rubik’s Cube and solved it, they have had to use the method and formula of 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 life twisting and turning, trying desperately to make sense of life. They continually seek the happiness that eludes them. It isn’t until a person realizes that they must consult the creator of the cube for the solution that their life will be brought back into the state that God meant for it to be. 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 and resort to our own twists that disrupt our cube from matching God’s plan for our life. 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. The solution to your cube is in the manual. That manual is the Bible. Regardless of what twists and turns you take in life, you will never succeed unless you follow the plan of the Creator.

I’m 52 years old, and I have still never figured out the Rubik’s Cube. Of whatever gifts or skills I may have, the mind and intellect of an engineer or geometry expert is not among my gifts. I guess that’s why I don’t own a Rubik’s Cube anymore. I may not have 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? 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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