But when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 1 Corinthians 13:10
It was years ago that Julian Levitch was bowling in Memphis, Tennessee.
Levitch was bowling beautifully. He threw 11 straight strikes at Park Bowling Lanes on a Saturday night.
This is big news for bowlers. It was bigger news for Levitch.
You see, the alley had a standing offer of $10,000 to any player who bowled a perfect 300 game. Levitch rolled the final ball. All the pins moved. All but one fell down -- a five pin. It wobbled. But like the proverbial weebles, it didn't fall down.
That one standing pin cost Julian $10,000! I don't think I would like to have been there to see the reaction of him or any of his friends.
Sometimes that's the way my life seems to go.
Everything is perfect, except for one thing. That one thing seems to ruin all the rest that is good.
Because of that one thing happiness eludes me. Frustration keeps me captive.
If that describes your situation, then you really do need to see Jesus. In His life, death, and resurrection, the Redeemer knocked down all the pins of the devil and this world.
When I recall His love, the little number-five pins of frustration in my life seem to fall over on their own, and I can be given peace once again.
This is why, if you do have a standing five pin in your life, I pray you will think of Jesus, and be granted the peace you need.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear Father, in life's difficulties, uncertainties, and frustrating times, may we find direction in You. Help me see that You are the One in control of all things. This I ask in Jesus' Name. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries