NOTHING induces panic quite like those coloured ghosts getting faster and coming after you.
At the start of every level, there are a daunting number of dots to chew up, and not nearly enough Power Pellets to turn you into a ghost-chomping champion.
Of course, adding to these challenges are those pink, blue, red and orange (actually named Pinky, Inky, Blinky, and Clyde) ghosts who just keep on hunting you down.
There is no point in the original game where PAC-Man and the ghosts sit down for a cup of coffee and negotiate what’s fair.
Sin tends to lurk in our lives like that; it keeps coming back. No matter how old we are or what we do, we can’t seem to outrun it, and it relentlessly tries to catch up with us.
There are times when we might think we are getting ahead of it, even turning to a Power Pellet (work, holidays, a hobby, a relationship, etc) to try to gobble them up but sooner or later, that wears off, and its true colours re-emerge
What’s worse, it comes back to bite us.
Humans are born with a sin nature so it would be unfair to just say “make good decisions in life, take the right turns and just avoid sin”.
“Just avoid the ghosts” isn’t exactly sparkling advice for a PAC-Man player.
God can’t ignore sin- He knows those ghosts exist in our lives. He sees them even more clearly than we do.
God has dealt with them though. Call it the ultimate Power Pellet if you like, but through Jesus’ death and resurrection, He’s conquered sin.
It need not be the creeping, edging, lurking sense of uneasiness that it is or was.
He also knows we are human and can’t outrun it. So He forgives… and forgives and forgives and forgives.
You don’t go into PAC-Man wanting to die. You don’t plunge into the game and head straight for the ghosts to see if they really will come back- we know they will.
Once you’ve accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you don’t go chasing sin to test God’s forgiveness.
We know it is going to keep coming to try and find us, so we do our best to stay out of its way.
But it’s nice to know that should we make a slip, take a wrong turn or even sit in the same place for too long and a ghost of sin finds us, we can take it to God and forgiveness will be granted and removed, as far as the east is from the west.
“As far as the east is from the west, so far does He remove our transgressions from us,” Psalm 103: 12.