By Roberto Ponce
I love to watch television spots. In fact, people laugh when my wife tells them I talk during TV programs, yet I expect those around me to be quiet during commercials. Advertising has always been one of my passions. I went to college for it, worked for ad agencies, and ran my own ad shop with my wife in Indianapolis before I transitioned into higher education marketing.
Television commercials for cars, especially luxury cars, are among my favorites. Ad people for these companies have to be very creative to differentiate their products in a competitive market segment. One way they do it is by showcasing technologies that achieve stability on the road. That’s why you see these cars “flying” on curvy roads, snowy roads, and rainy roads, etc. Today, however, I am addressing the stability on the road of life.
It seems that nothing is stable right now. The US and most First World economies are weak and unstable. The geopolitical world seems to be in a chaotic state, and the Indianapolis Colts are on a losing streak. On a more serious note, things don’t seem to be too promising.
I was stunned to watch the huge violence that erupted overnight in Egypt. The television news showed military armored cars running over people. At least two dozens of citizens were killed. Egypt is in trouble. Yet instability is very present in many countries in the region. So many areas of the world are in conflict. Just take a look at what is happening just south of our US border.
What about the stability on planet earth? Our planet hasn’t been too stable lately. So many hurricanes, earthquakes, and tsunamis are proof that the earth is a little restless. Recent earthquakes in Chile, Haiti, and Japan also remind us about events Jesus talked about (Matthew 24:7–13).
So what’s next? As we quickly approach another electoral year in 2012, you and I will be exposed to thousands of campaign messages full of promises. Candidates will most likely tell you they have “the plan” to fix the US economy, create more jobs in America, stabilize the Middle East, secure our southern border, and provide you with a better future.
Although as Christians we need to participate civically through voting, let us remember who has “the best plan” for our lives. God has promised us He has a plan for us. He said He wants to prosper us and not to harm us. He wants to give us a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).
The Word of God also encourages us to look to God for shelter. If rain pours down and you are caught walking, you run for shelter. If you hear a tornado warning, you look for shelter. If there is a storm in your life, you look for shelter. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).
Although you may not have the best “road stability” controls that TV spots showcase, you can expect stability with Christ. Isn’t it great to have an ever-present help when we are in trouble? It’s reassuring to remember that even though the world seems out of control, we can find stability in Jesus who is our rock and cornerstone.
Roberto Ponce is Director of Communications at Global University. For more information about Global University, visit http://think.globaluniversity.edu.