A Bug’s Day

…among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ;
-Romans 1:6

BugDire Straits once sang “Sometimes you’re the windshield. Sometimes you’re the bug.” As a friend of mine likes to remark at times, yesterday was a bug day.

Nothing too terrible happened yesterday. I still have my health. All of my children are happy and alive. I have a roof over my head and food in my stomach. No one took potshots at me because of what I confess and believe.

But, nevertheless, it was a bug’s day, consisting of little disappointments that kept rolling in one after another. Multiple proposals for clients were turned down. I had some appointments that needed to be rescheduled and missed some opportunities. Small but annoying technical issues slowed or stopped some progress in other areas. These and some other things just made me painfully feel that windshield.

Scripture never promises easy days. Things may or may not go better today. I place today in God’s hands and go forward. God is not a divine wish granter who blesses us if we only “name it and claim it”. When we are blessed, we must give praise and thanks for His gifts. When we are slowed down, we must also acknowledge that too is His work. God will give and bless and take away according to His purpose, in accordance with His unchanging Personhood, and not with ours. So, today could be worse than yesterday, or it could be better.

But this I do know – that I am called by Christ!

In the end, that is all that matters. I can lose everything that I have, deteriorate in age and health, and be bereft of family and loved ones – but I am known and called by Christ. My hope and salvation rests securely and unchangeably in the love and knowledge that nothing can separate me from Jesus. Indeed the word “hope” that is used in Scripture when referring to Jesus does not mean that something “might” happen. The word in Greek literally means “guarantee” – a promise that is backed up by the nature of the person who made that promise. That is a pretty big deal – considering the One who made the promise in the first place.

I really would like a windshield day. But, be it a windshield or bug day, today I know that my hope is in Christ.

Ask ye what great thing I know,
That delights and stirs me so?
What the high reward I win?
Whose the name I glory in?
Jesus Christ, the Crucified.
-Johann C. Schwedler

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