“Run It Back!” was the phrase we would hear on hot days at high school football practice. Whether it was a drill we were doing or plays we were learning it meant that we didn’t do it right so we would do it again until we got it right. We would practice the same drill over and over again until, for that day, we learned something.
High school football teaches you a lot about life. Now I feel like my life is on an unending loop with my children. I tell them the same basic things over and over again. I even find myself quoting my high school football coaches in the process. It’s simple stuff like cleaning a room without putting all the clothes under the bed or loading the dishwasher the right way. The more they do it wrong the more I have to tell them to “Run it back.” This is how we learn. We do it over and over and over again.
God teaches us the same way in our faith. He shows us great spiritual truths about life or He gives us a spiritual breakthrough and if we grow we get to keep moving forward but if we don’t ‘get it’ then we have to run it back.
The Gospels can be almost comical when we look at the lives of the disciples. They always have to “run it back.” They seem very thick skulled and constantly frustrating Jesus with their lack of understanding.
They weren’t dense; they were just like we are. Seeing yet not believing.
One particular example is in Mark 6 where Jesus fed 5000 people. The people were hungry and Jesus told the disciples to go get them something to eat. They were dumbfounded and completely clueless to how to accomplish this feat. Jesus would then perform a miracle and feed the 5000 people with 5 loaves and 2 fish. Just 2 chapters later in Mark 8, again Jesus is with a group of 4000 people with no way to feed them. So what does He do? He basically repeats the drill with His disciples. Unfortunately they have the same boneheaded answer, “How can one feed these people with bread here in this desolate place?”
They had witnessed Him feed 5000 people and have 12 baskets left over but now with 4000 people in front of Him they had no clue how these people would be fed. Boneheads!
These boneheads are just like me. God shows me something and teaches me something about life and about His Kingdom and then I forget.
The lessons for me that are the hardest to learn are the lessons of FAITH.
He took care of my child last time she was sick, surely He can do it now.
He got me through the last time I was anxious, surely He can do it now.
He met every need last time I was in a pinch; surely He can do it now.
God is constantly having me “run it back” when it comes to lessons of faith.
It’s crazy because just like the disciples I have clearly recorded examples of where God has come through in my life. He’s answered my prayers. He’s been with me. He’s come through. I even keep a prayer journal with answer prayers to remember how God has come through.
Yet, here I go again. When the test comes I look at Jesus like those disciples. I come to Jesus and say, “what are we going to do?”
Jesus is always gentle and He gets me through each trial teaching me the same lesson over and over again. I think in heaven there must be a sigh and an eye roll of the angels and they say, “run it back.” Rick sill isn’t getting it.
What about you?
Can you identify some areas in your life where maybe you keep coming to the same test?
What is it you need to learn?
What is keeping you from getting to the next drill?