Snakes and ladders
The events of our lives can sometimes seem to be random, unconnected, and without meaning. Some wonder if God is playing a game of cosmic snakes and ladders; their fate determined by a roll of the dice.
Others believe that He is wilfully responsible for their circumstances. Their happiness is dependent on what they perceive their situation to be.
My situation in life has been quite easy, so far. I do not yet claim to know the meaning of suffering or pain.
I dearly hope that if I ever feel like I'm stuck deep inside the dark bowels of a snake, I realise that, actually, He is playing chess - in God-mode.
The pawns which end up on the other side will be crowned.