They say bad stuff happens in threes. I might be inclined to agree even though I am not superstitious. For example, our phone has been on the fritz and we finally got around to arranging for its repair when the clothes dryer died. I’ve been walking around on tiptoe at the house afraid something else is ready to break.
Also consider that the old adage seems true regarding health issues as well. My back had been bothering me so I did the physical therapy to improve that when my tooth started aching. There’s no therapy for that so now I’m just waiting for some other health issue to arise. Threes … I’m hoping there’s really nothing to it, but I also see similarities in the spiritual life.
I’ve noticed that some Christians slowly ease away from their faith. It begins with missing church to do other things. Once at first, then the missing becomes more often. Once church attendance has dwindled, reading the Bible slows until it is almost never happening. The third step moving from God is the elimination of a prayer life. When we allow these three necessities to fade from our lives we become only a shell of faith with no real substance to us. When we allow ourselves to get to this point, we are little help to ourselves or anyone else in spiritual matters. We must not allow ourselves to move into a situation where God is our father but we are estranged from him.
According to Psychology Today, it may not be that bad things actually come in threes, but that we notice it more when they do. After all, no one notices the two little pigs, the two blind mice, the two wise men or the two musketeers. It’s when there are three that we notice. So pay attention to the believer’s three important areas of life, attend and participate in your church, read your Bible and pray. Maybe God will notice your threes.
David Sandvick is the pastor of First English Baptist Church in Frostburg.