On August 14, 2014 David Gregory, the moderator of the venerable Sunday morning interview program Meet the Press was driving through the mountains of New Hampshire when he got the call no TV personality every wants to answer.
As reported by Luke Mullins of the Washingtonian Magazine, on the line were NBC news executives from New York, telling Gregory he was being dismissed from his job due to the poor ratings of his program.
The professional bubble for David Gregory had busted.
We do not have to be a high flying TV type for our bubble to burst. Our bubble can bust:
- When we lose our job
- When we are in financial distress
- When our health fails
However, the bubble of our relationship with Jesus will never burst. Even when we betray the son of God.
Through the Last Supper Jesus communicated why he came to earth to die on the cross. Jesus also told his trusted disciple Peter that he will betray our Lord and Savior three times.
Just as Jesus predicted Peter betrayed him. However, despite the lowest moment in his life; a moment when clearly Peter’s bubble should have busted it did not.
Because despite our sinfulness Jesus forgives us and has confidence in us. Jesus does not lock us in by mistakes of the past or present.
In John 21, Jesus after his death and resurrection appears to Peter. He allowed Peter to confirm his love for Him so that Peter could forgive himself for his sin of betrayal.
Then Jesus does what He will do for you and for me after we forgive ourselves and request forgiveness from God. He restored Peter commanding him to “feed my sheep” by teaching and preaching the gospel.
Paul wrote, in 2 Corinthians 5:17 “for anyone who is in Christ, there is a new creation; the old creation has gone, and now the new one is here.”
In instead allowing his bubble to bust, Jesus give Peter the opportunity to outgrow the mistakes of the past.
David Gregory despite the public busting of his professional bubble has also been restored by God.
He used the time away from television to write How’s Your Faith? a book about his spiritual journey with Judaism being born to interfaith parents and his marriage to a Christian. It was released in September 2015.
So if your bubble has busted take comfort in the stories of David and Peter and these words from Psalm 30.
I will praise you Lord, you have rescued me
and have not let my enemies rejoice over me.
O Lord, you have raised my soul from the dead,
restored me to life from those who sink into the grave
The Lord listened and had pity.
The Lord came to my help.