There’s a line I like from one of my favorite songs recently and it goes like this: “Things happen, it’s all they ever do.” When I hear the song, usually when I’m driving in my car, my mind goes where the song leads and I find myself reflecting on random events in my life. My emotions are mainly positive as I navigate through the years of childhood and confused adolescence until I end up agonizing over some of my early (and sometimes mid) twenties shenanigans. No matter, I always end up feeling good about something during that mental exercise. The song makes me feel that in some strange way I get a pass on all the crazy stuff that happens – because aren’t we all just on the receiving end of random events, just dependent bystanders? Anyway, the song is a good one and the line is poignant. I sometimes imagine myself giving it as a toast at a wedding. I’d stand up, raise my glass to the crowd, turn to the bridal party and in a serious tone utter the phrase, then quickly sit down. The guests would be aghast at the wisdom. Things do happen, and it is all they ever do! The men would raise their chins and nod in confident agreement, the women would tear up, I’m sure of it.
After letting my imagination run wild for a little while, I force myself back into reality. It’s not about the things that happen to us every day, it’s more about how we deal with them. Things do happen, but people make things happen, and if you’re reading this then you are a person, and as such you are part of God’s ‘people problem’ whether you like or not, and whether you agree with it or not. But don’t fret, knowing this is a good thing, not knowing it is the worst thing.