The Messy Side of Life

Evening crept down the face of the sprawling Blue Mountain.  Why our ancient Ford station wagon decided to die crosswise at the base of the road leaving the BMA campus, I do not know.  But die it did–engine, lights and all.  I was instantly engulfed by total darkness.  Being before the days of cell phones and too foggy for smoke signals, I considered either leaving my two young daughters alone in the car or taking them with me up the shrouded hill to get help.  “Maybe someone will come along,” I reasoned as I opened my car door.   And someone did, on a bicycle!

Riding full speed down the hill, I heard him, singing at the top of his voice, “I Found the Happy Side of Life.”  I shouted to warn him, but alas, he’d barely sung the last word of the song’s title when bam!  Splat!  He broadsided our disabled station wagon.   I rushed to his aid.  Battered and bruised he hobbled home with his mangled bike just as a car came along to help me.  Hardly the “happy side” of his life that night, more like the messy side, I’d say.   And now, decades later, whenever things get rough in my life, I remember Dean Heisey and parody, “I’ve found the messy side of life.”

This week has been one of those weeks–the messy side of life.   A thick fog of doubt and confusion engulfed me while elements not of my own making broadsided my ancient and failing “station wagon.”  Personally I’d rather contemplate the sweet by and by than the messy here and now.  But like an automobile engine that suddenly springs back to life against all odds, the lessons I learned regarding giving praise and thanksgiving in troublous times kicked in.

And instead of more “bicycles” slamming into me, joy replaced my disappointment; a song reestablished my peace; hope sprang up like an artesian well within my soul.  “Rejoice in the Lord, ALWAYS; and again I say rejoice.”  The joy of the is my strength.” “My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory.”  And once again I can  “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”  I have more than 8,000 of these promises to help me face the “messy side of life.”  You do too.  Don’t leave home without them.

 

 

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