David DeWitt tells a funny story about Chippie the parakeet. He was simply 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 and that was when things began to go horribly wrong for little Chippie.
Without the guidance of the woman the business end of the vacuum cleaner sucked up the bird and sent him to the dust bag.Realizing what had happened the woman tore open the vacuum and ripped apart the bag to find Chippie, fearing the worst. However, Chippie was not dead but merely stunned and covered with dust.
The woman decided that he needed to be revived and ran to the bathroom sink. She turned the water on and stuck Chippie under the flow. Now Chippie is cold and wet from the sudden bath. So the owner decides to dry the bird off but not with a towel. She gets out her hair dryer and blows the bird off. Chippie goes from being sucked up, to being nearly drowned to being blown over.
The owner was asked by a friend a few weeks later about how Chippie was doing, she replied: “Chippie doesn’t sing much anymore, he just sits and stares.
Have you ever felt like Chippie? One moment you’re singing a happy tune, and then suddenly life sucks you up with some trouble, trial, or trauma. Outside forces and circumstances beyond our control can sap our spirit and suck the song out of our soul.
The debilitating effects of sin impact all of us. Either directly or indirectly. Crooked politicians. Greedy business people. Hypocritical church leaders. Fickle friends. All leave us feel betrayed. Empty. And alone.
When feelings of loneliness, doubt or discouragement surface, we need to be reminded of one of my favorite verses in the whole Bible. Romans 8:38-39.
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
God’s love is greater than any adversity. Higher than any hurdle. Deeper than any hole. Wider than any sea. Stronger than any wind. Sweeter than any love.
God’s love cannot be extinguished. Bought. Sold. Compromised. Or diminished.
There is no circumstance, no person, or problem that can separate us from the love of God.
In fact, even your own rejection of God does not dampen His love for you. As a bumper I once saw said, “God loves you. Whether you like it or not.”
God has made a conscious choice to love us. Even while we were yet sinners.
God’s love is longsuffering. Kind. And unselfish. God’s love is wide enough to include all people. Deep enough to forgive all sins. And long enough to use all people for His purpose.
So when the world tries to dampen your spirit and steal your music, then fill your heart with the melody and message of this song:
The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell.
It goes beyond the highest star
And reaches to the lowest hell.
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled
And pardoned from his sin.
O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
The saints’ and angels’ song.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman