When People are like Duct Tape

Psalm 146:1-4

Duct tape is amazing. You can do so many things with it. Make a dress, reattach a car bumper, do some duct work. Duct tape is decorative and functional, durable yet flexible. It can fix just about anything. Its only problem is that duct tape isn’t a permanent solution. The tape gets old, looses its stickiness, and starts to fail. At some point it needs replacing. It holds really well for a time, but your problem will eventually require a more permanent fix. You will need to buy a new bumper (or a real dress).

The psalmist reminds us that people are temporary. Even the most powerful fade away. People are a lot like that duct tape. They can be wonderfully helpful. Love and community can mend almost anything. But there is no substitute for the One who can save you. Our trust belongs with the God who never fades or diminishes.

I love how the psalmist declares, I will praise the LORD as long as I live (v. 2). It’s as if the poet is saying, “I know that I am temporary too. God spans all of history, and I am only here for one little piece of it. With the time I’ve been given, however, I am going to praise God.” When you think of it that way, with all of time laid out, bookended and covered over by God, who else would you want to put your trust in?


With what do you need to trust God?


Dear Lord, I pray today for the grace to trust you more. Amen.

This post originally appeared in Volume 27.2 of Reflections.

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