I backed slowly out of the driveway, started heading down the winding street and quickly noticed a caterpillar lounging on my windshield.
My first temptation was to turn on the windshield wipers and watch him get smeared across the glass one way and then back the other way in a rhythmic, metronome motion.
My competitive side got the best of me as I decided to see how far and how fast could I go before the caterpillar could no longer “hold on.”
At a sustained 38 miles per hour covering a distance of 400 yards the caterpillar was finally whisked away like a tornado throws a mobile home to the curb. I will give the caterpillar credit. His little legs, all six of them (true legs) along with his prolegs held on longer than I thought.
Soon enough though the wind was too strong and away he went.
Ever feel like a caterpillar holding on with all your might to the smooth glassy surface of reality?
You are doing really well…
You are hanging on…
You are holding on…
Your phalanges are pressed like a suction cup on the windshield of life and the driver of the situation you find yourself in is intent on putting the pedal to the metal, accelerating to a speed where it is impossible to hold on.
Is there is a difference between us and the caterpillar?
It is worth noting…
The glassy surface of life cannot be held on to.
It’s a grand illusion to think that we can physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually hold on to this slippery, sloping surface.
Here is the good news…
We cannot hold on, but fear not, for it is God who holds on to us!
Here is the better news…
God never lets go!
You will let go!
You will give up!
You will be exhausted to the point where your grip on life is gone!
In fact, how about trying this exercise today…
In letting go, we surrender to the One who
Never lets go!
Never gives up!
Never is exhausted!
We are in good hands!
Our prayer is,
“Lord I may let go this day
But hear my plea,
pay heed to what I say…
To my hand and me…HOLD ON!!!
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.'” (John 10. 27-30 ESV)
Laugh often and Fear not!