About two weeks ago, I wrote a blog about my wilderness experience: https://belovedgeliebt.wordpress.com/2016/09/12/the-wilderness-experience-easy-does-it. I would like to share an update.
As the previous blog had mentioned, I had a Pidgeotto (the evolve version of Pidgey) who, under the right conditions, can evolve to another Pokemon. But I needed three more Pidgey candies to do this. However, unknown to myself, I had captured three more throughout those two weeks of not writing another blog here. So, this week, while I had captured another Pidgey, I had looked at the total amount of Pidgey candy and realized that I had 51 candies and not just the 50 candies required to evolve Pidgeotto.
This caused me to think from a spiritual point of view. We may become so used to the battle part of our spiritual journey that we may often miss out on the blessing that is right before us. Of course, we are to be aware that we are in a spiritual warfare and the devil is like a roaring lion trying to devour us (see 1 Peter 5:8). However, we may become so fixated on what the devil is doing that we forget to view what God is doing and has done for us. We might count our struggles more than our victories.
Watching a Pokemon evolve reminds me of how our bodies will change when Jesus comes back again.
The only thing I saw different in this evolution of a “new body” is that the Pokemon is registered into the Pokedex after it is changed (as in receiving a new body).
But, thinking it over, I see that, after we make a change, in deciding not to sin anymore (repent, confess, forsake, etc.), we are registered into the Lamb’s Book of Life (Revelation 21:27). As long as we remain faithful until the end, our names will remain there (Revelation 3:5).
So here is my strongest and most recently evolved Pokemon, Pidgeot.
Pidgeot’s CP and HP has dramatically increased. The wilderness experience for him was of a great gain. As mentioned before, my wilderness experience has included Bible verses (currently reading over and doing deep studying of Daniel 9 and Ezekiel 16), job applications (waiting on responses and submitting more resumes), reading (just finished The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome and Codependent No More two days ago), and volunteering to work with clients at Foundation House Ministries. Reviewing this list in detail, I see my great gain; my spiritual and mental knowledge (HP: Hit Points) has increased. And, now having two options of connecting with a Titus 2:3-5 woman, my CP (Combat Power) has also increased.
So the next time you pick up your smartphone to play Pokemon Go, just know that it can be more than a game. It can be life changing.