Chippie the parakeet was minding his own business and singing his song one day when his owner decided to clean out his cage. With the vacuum cleaner. The phone rang and the lady went to answer it. That’s when things started to go bad for little Chippie. The woman wasn’t paying attention, and the business end of the vacuum cleaner sucked up Chippie and sent him to the dust bag. The woman realized what had happened. She tore open the vacuum and ripped the bag apart to find Chippie, expecting the worst. But the little bird wasn’t dead: just stunned and covered with dust. The woman decided he needed to be revived, so she ran to the bathroom sink. She turned the water on full force and stuck Chippie under the faucet. Now, Chippie was wet and cold from the sudden bath. Then, the woman decided to dry Chippie off, not with a towel but with her hair dryer: his feathers were flying in the wind. The whole thing left him in a state of trauma. In a matter of minutes, Chippie was sucked into the vacuum, nearly drowned, nearly blown away. A few weeks later someone asked the owner how Chippie was doing. “Chippie doesn’t sing much anymore, just sits and stares.” Maybe you can identify with Chippie. Everything seems great one minute, and then you get blindsided like poor Chippie. Life comes at you fast. And you get blown away by challenges.
It’s in the toughest moments in our lives that we need to take hold of God’s love. Romans 8:37-39 remind us: “No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
God’s love leads us through the darkest nights. You talk about dismal situations. Can you think of a situation in all of history that seemed more catastrophic than the cross? When Jesus went to the cross, it looked like the Savior of the world was lost. The only light the world had ever seen had been snuffed out. The only one who could ever forgive had been charged and condemned. But then came the resurrection! The darkest day the world had ever known was turned to light! Resurrection power means that you can meet any challenge! Not because of the power of positive thinking, not because you’re psyched up. But because the very power that brought Jesus exploding out of the grave can help you manage your problems!
So today, whatever your circumstances, I encourage you to stop and reflect on God’s love for you in Christ. No situation can ever separate you from God’s love! No matter how severe or trying. No matter how discouraging. God’s love will never fail you!