Anyone who travels to Florida or near the Gulf Coast beaches is familiar with ever menacing Love Bugs. Yesterday someone told me the season was over so they were gone, but today while traveling in Alabama and Mississippi (especially around Biloxi) and headed toward an auction, the little bugs did a number on my windshield and hood. Not gone, just moved west.
That alone is not so bad, but because they can penetrate the paint of your vehicle with their acidic qualities a quick clean up and removal is necessary or there will be lasting consequences. When we appraise trade ins if the bugs have penetrated the paint we must account for a repaint of the panel affected. In some cases it could run into the thousands to fix.
Naturally this got me thinking today, which I find to be compelling because I try not to think too much unless God is giving me instructions. So it became a good God day and here is what came to my mind:
The Love Bugs of life are those moments others spend with us that take our breath away, the times when little children twist our hearts with joy, the elation we feel when we succeed, the hug from a friend or loved at just the right moment, a surprise gift that was unexpected, an answer to prayer at just the right time, and on and on to any moments we spend that inspire us with love.
Here's the problem, we seem to always want more instead of letting what we just received sink into our heart and soul. Anything that special may only last a short while, but when it does we need to let it be like a Love Bug we never wash away so that it penetrates our spirit and lifts us up at various moments of life that may be difficult or give us a smile when we are lonely.
If, like the acidic makeup of those Love Bugs it cuts through all the layers of our life experiences and stays with us then we will be happy with what we just received instead of doing something that we regret to do more. To quote a Beatles song, "There will be an answer, let it be, let it be".
Seems like I have had a number of those moments lately and they have been so special and uplifting that I just keep walking around with a smile on my face., waiting for the Lord to bring another one my way. I hope he brings some to you as well.
And, in answer to your question no I am not in love, I just have the Love Bug!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.