“Hot and Cold” is a children’s game that some of you may have played. It’s an old fashioned game. There are no electronics involved. And yes, by today’s standards, it could be considered an obsolete game. The rules for playing are quite simple – one person (it) leaves the room while the others hide an object. When “it” returns, he/she has to try to find the object. The others provide hints by saying “warm, warmer, hot, or cold, colder, etc.” The game can be quite noisy and a bit confusing for “it” to follow. Sometimes the hints seem to change rapidly from “hot” to “cold.” While “it” is always in the dark as to where to look for the hidden item, he/she does have assistance.
This simple game reminds me of our Christian walk. The path to a relationship with Jesus is not usually a straight one – there are missteps. As Christians, we encounter trial and error in developing a true relationship with Jesus, because we do not always hear or heed the prompting of the Holy Spirit. In this scenario, it is the Holy Spirit that calls out the “warm, warmer, hot, or cold, colder”. Like children playing this game, we desire most of all to hear “you are getting hotter” as an indication we are moving in the right direction - following Jesus’ precepts and laws.
Jesus said, “Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12.)