these are things that don’t bode well in my book and yet I experienced both today. On my morning walk I come across four very large, very neon bright, very orange letters painted on the concrete path. These four large letters, “BUMP”, are impossible to miss or to ignore. Every day they faithfully remind me of the impending hazard or danger which awaits me if I continue to walk forward, passing over them, despite their warning that I will indeed encounter a “bump” if I keep going. (I take my chances everyday)
I never trip or fall at this particular place in my walk because I have been given a heads up, as it were. I know what to expect and I adjust my stride accordingly. Not so today though. I did not receive any kind of a heads up regarding big trucks and strange men. So imagine my surprise when I returned from an errand to find my normally quiet cul de sac filled with really big trucks and machinery and many strange men wearing bright neon yellow-green vests with orange stripes and colorful hardhats to complete their ensembles.
They were happily, busily digging in my front yard when I arrived home, which didn’t bode well at all. I was right to feel that way. As I pulled into my driveway I expected my garage door to rise, letting me in. But it remained shut. Was my opener needing a new battery? Then I realized the truth. My power was out. The fact that the strange, brightly colored, very busy men were digging up the box in my front yard that contained that kind of electrical connection power stuff, should have been my first clue. (I guess I was momentarily distracted by the extravagantly bright and glowing hue of their work attire – their neon vests)
I had groceries in my car that needed to go into my now non-running refrigerator. Did I mention it was a 90 degree day? Had I been given advance notice that I would be without power for an undetermined period of time, I would have planned differently for sure. I would have adjusted my stride, as I do when I see the BUMP greeting (warning) on my walk each morning.
But as with little things like this and bigger things also, we don’t always get a BUMP notice before we hit that rough patch in our road. And some patches are much rougher than others. They will take us by surprise, halting our forward progress, taking the wind out of our sails and our lungs, driving us to our knees. But it is from our knees that we find our way back up again.
Just like today, I may be surprised by a particular turn of events. But nothing takes my Heavenly Father by surprise. I have that assurance. “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.” (Isaiah 46:10)
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” (Revelation 22:13)
Come to think of it, 1 Peter 4:12-13 is a kind of a BUMP warning to me. “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. (ok, I thought the men and the big trucks were strange) But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed.”
No matter how many unannounced “bumps” still lie ahead for me on the road I travel – I have this promise. “And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” (1 Peter 5:10)
And I have this promise, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” (Isaiah 43:1-2)
that’s reassurance enough for me! through all the unannounced BUMPs still in my future, my Heavenly Father will be with me. I don’t need to walk in fear. I don’t need to live in fear.
sincerely, Grace Day