Sometimes You’re the Bug

Mark Knopfler has a song with lyrics as wise as the ages:

Sometimes you’re the windshield
Sometimes you’re the bug
Sometimes it all comes together baby
Sometimes you’re a fool in love
Sometimes you’re the Louisville slugger
Sometimes you’re the ball
Sometimes it all comes together baby
Sometimes you’re going lose it all

There is much truth to that song because sometimes we are riding high on the waves of life. And sometimes life has a way of shaking us to the core. Most people have their share of good and bad. Some have more good than others and some seem to attract obstacles and hardships. But it is just the way life is that sometimes we’re the windshield and sometimes we’re the bug.

Rev. Fred Werhan says, “We are not always free to determine what happens to us circumstantially in life. Sometimes we just have to take life as it comes. But most of us are free to determine how we will respond to the circumstances of our life. Dreams and plans can be shipwrecked, but how we salvage the broken pieces when life caves in, is the faith issue. In a real sense, how we do life is more important, in faith, than what life does to us.”

When life is good, life is easy. Everything seems to fall into place. Happiness reigns. But when we face the hardships that everyone inevitably faces, life can be hard to manage. That’s where hope enters the picture. Hope for a better time allows us to endure the hardships of life until better times arrive.

The writer of Hebrews gives us something for which to hope when our lives are shaken to the core—a kingdom that cannot be shaken. “Since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks.” (Heb. 12:28)

Where does your hope lie?

Tim Hobbs, Pastor

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