This morning, I visited with a church member. As I pulled out of her driveway, I noticed this green bug on my windshield. I thought he would hop off as I drove through her neighborhood. But, when I got to the stop sign by the main road, he was still there. I pulled out and drove faster and faster, and he just held on. Within a couple of miles, I felt sorry for him so I slowed down and he still held on. He was still there when I pulled into the church parking lot. And, he was fluffing out his wings when I got out of the car. Within a minute or two, he flew off to do whatever it is that green bugs do.
I wondered if the ride down the road was harrowing. Did he think, "Wow, things got wildly windy so fast. I'm not sure I can hold on. Will it ever slow down? What's going on? I don't know how much longer I can keep on at this speed." Who knows what green bugs think?
As we continued our drive, I found myself starting to pull for him. "Come on, Mr. Green Bug, you can make it! Just 2 more miles! You can do it!" I even slowed down for him - hoping to make his ride less treacherous.
This green bug was inspiration for me today. Sometimes, life speeds up for reasons we can't explain. We are blown about. Out of control. Scared. Wondering how in the world we will survive. Hoping that our wings don't get torn off in the chaos around us.
Then things slow down. Maybe we feel encouraged. Maybe we get a rest at just the right moment. Maybe we survive, fluff out our wings, and before we know it, someone snaps our picture and says, "This is how it's done."
All I know is that after a very wild ride, the green bug found a resting place at church. I do too.