Love Bugs

Our latest Live Wire trip took us to the southern portion of the Natchez Trace. We began in Tupelo and ended in Natchez, Mississippi before returning home. A few years ago we had taken the northern part of the trip to Nashville.

Traveling south on the Trace in May, guess what we “ran” into? You know from the title. Love Bugs were out in force and we had to wash them off the front of the bus and the windshield every night.

As I used the windshield wipers to take care of some of them, I was reminded of one of my favorite illustrations. I first heard it from one of my professors at Freed-Hardeman, Dr. Thomas Warren.

He was illustrating 1 John 1:7.

“Being in Christ is like driving in a car when it is raining. The rain drops hitting the windshield are like sins that come into your life. When you turn on the windshield wipers they wipe all the drops of rain off the windshield. New rain drops keep hitting the windshield, but as long as the wipers are turned on they keep wiping the rain drops away. So it is when we are in Christ. His blood washes away our sins. But new sins keep coming into our life. If we remain in Christ, his blood keeps washing away our sins.”

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (1 John 1:7 NIV)

Walking in the light does not mean perfection. But it does mean acknowledging Jesus and His will and recognizing and acknowledging our sin when we go contrary to His will. Notice verses 8-9.