Branson Boykin

One of the exciting things about Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is that this is the first new Zelda game my boys have also been old enough to play.  We’re discovering things together as we each take turns playing through the quests and exploring the world of Hyrule.  What’s truly amazing is the insight I gain from watching my boys play.

My oldest son found himself in a situation where he had visited all the required shrines and needed to get back to the Temple of Time to complete his mission; however, over the course of making his way toward the Temple, his axe decayed.  He was left with nothing with which to cut down trees, making the necessary logs to build a raft.  The moat he had to cross was too long to swim.  We scratched our heads, trying to think of how exactly we could get across the mote.  

Then it dawned on us.  We didn’t have an axe, this was true, but we did have a tree branch, a seemingly sharp rock on the ground, and the Zonai Arm’s new ability to fuse materials together.  My son found a fallen tree branch and a sharp rock and used the Fuse ability.  Lo and behold, it made an axe.  From there, he was able to build his raft and continue his quest to the Temple of Time.  


As I reflected on this situation, I was reminded of Jesus’s words during the Sermon on the Mount. 

“Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not of more value than they?”

Matthew 6:26 (English Standard Version | ESV)

Jesus is telling the people that if God is able to provide for sparrows enough that they do nothing to earn their food, and yet they are provided it anyway, then He is more than able to provide for us, His prized creation.  As such, we needn’t worry because the Lord provides!

My son wanted an axe to progress in the game, but what he really needed was a sharp edge and handle to stick it on.  Just as the game provided all that he needed to cross the moat, God more than provides everything that we need.  It may not necessarily be what we want, and maybe not even what we expect, but it’s always exactly what we need. He is faithful, and we can always trust Him to provide.  If birds don’t have to worry, then neither do we. 

Stay Devoted.  Peace and Love.