Articles by Stan Dean

A Bumper Sticker

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I have a confession to make- - I read bumper stickers. I mean, I know that I do so at times when I ought to be watching the road more closely, but it seems I just have to do it. Sometimes I even tailgate just so that I can read whatever message is on the vehicle in front of me. Oh, you do not have to tell me- - I know that I am living dangerously. So far, though, it is an obsession I have not been able to overcome. Maybe there is a 12-Step Program or a support group for “Bumper Sticker Reader Syndrome.” If you hear of one, let me know!




Seriously, there are all kinds of messages conveyed through bumper stickers. Sometimes they are religious, sometimes clever, sometimes funny, and sometimes there are those that should not be displayed at all. Then, there are those that carry sobering messages like the one I saw the other day.  Here is what it said, “I am a MADD parent because a drunk driver killed my child.” (Of course, “MADD” is an acronym for “Mothers Against Drunk Drivers.”) 


As I drove onward I could not help but think of the tremendous agony that parent must feel from such a loss. Having three children of my own on the highways daily, I often pray for their safety. I can only imagine how horrifying it would be to have to deal with what that parent has gone through.  Truly this is one of those situations, like others that you and I face, where we have to “Let Go- - And Let God.”


God never promised anyone exemptions from life’s difficulties, but He did promise us that if we would remain faithful to Him during such times, He would see us through. Note these comforting passages: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble,” and “All things work together for good to those who love God…” (Psalm 46:1; Romans 8:28). Thus, the key to any trial is to put our trust in Him! Or, as another bumper sticker said, “I do not know what tomorrow holds, but I know who holds tomorrow.” 


That, my friend, is a message worth reading- -  and remembering!