When Life Goes Wrong, Embrace God’s Love

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 hairdryer 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 feeling betrayed. Empty. And alone.

When feelings of loneliness, doubt, or discouragement surface, we need to be reminded of one of my favorite Bible verses. 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 sticker 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 timeless hymn by E S. Lorenz

Come, let us all unite to sing,
God is love.

Let heav’n and earth their praises bring,
God is love.

Let ev’ry soul from sin awake,
let ev’ry heart sweet music make,
and sing with us for Jesus’ sake,
for God is love.

O tell to earth’s remotest bound,
God is love.

In Christ we have redemption found,
God is love.

His blood has washed our sins away,
his Spirit turned our night to day,
and now we can rejoice to say
that God is love.

What though our mortal flesh shall fail,
God is love!
Through Christ we shall o’er death prevail,
God is love!

While endless ages roll along,
we’ll triumph with the heav’nly throng
and this shall be our sweetest song,
that God is love!

How happy is our portion here,
God is love.

These promises our spirits cheer,
God is love.

God is our sun and shield by day,
our help, our hope, our strength and stay;
and will be with us all the way:
our God is love.

God is love! God is love!
Come, let us all unite to sing that God is love.

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman


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5 responses to “When Life Goes Wrong, Embrace God’s Love

  1. Jim Grushon

    Ken, I had never seen the 3rd verse, why did they take it out of the song. Thanks for bing that verse to us.


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  3. Berdyne Fultz

    This is one of your best posts, Ken! Keep it up. I even sang that old hymn while reading 📚 it. Berdyne


  4. Lin

    yes, but from sickness not sin. the whole medical field is so discouraging and the time because of covid to administer tests and procedures is so lengthy. and still no diagnosis 5 months later. ty for your encouraging words ❤


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