Thursday, November 13, 2008

My Bubbles...! (Part 2)

Unfortunately, as modern day Followers of Christ, we're not only insulated by our "bubbles" but many times we are actually standing on them. Many of us have our spiritual, emotional, and sometimes physical well-being tied to our 'bubble' of what we think that world is or should be. This is a major mistake and very dangerous. Anytime we place our "faith" or at least "belief" in something we allow that thing to let us down.

If your faith and hope has been in the stock market or housing market, well, I'm sure you're not as 'faithful' or 'hopeful' as you were a few years ago. But what about something less obvious, like your job, or even something you think will never falter, like your marriage, family, or friends. These are good things to have, but not to base your life on.

No matter what your 'bubble' is... friends, family, work, money, self... all bubbles have three things in common:

1. Bubbles are fragile

This is an obvious one if you have ever seen a child play with a bottle of bubbles. They are fun, you get enjoyment out of them, some science teachers even use them to teach with. But at the end of the day, bubbles are fragile. Just give it time and the bubble will burst and you will be left in disappointment, regret, and possibly pain.

2. Bubbles are constantly moving

Have you even looked at the side of a bubble in the sunlight? You notice the 'swirl' effect that it has going on? This is the outside of the bubble moving as well as the light refracting off it. If your bubble is in constant motion, so will be your life. You will constantly be 'moving' just to keep the status quo. You may feel at the end of the day that you did nothing and are completely exhausted, or that you have to change so much just to stay afloat.

3. Bubbles are weightless

When it comes down to it, you can not trust a bubble. (there's a sentence I thought I'd never say) Bubbles carry no weight on their own. They are tossed to and fro by the prevailing wind at that moment. If you life is based on a bubble, than you are at the mercy of the 'winds of change' or what's the 'in' thing to do or say at that time. There is no real foundation or feeling of self-worth, because your bubble is only good if its in the now.

The only true foundation that we have for our life, love, faith, hope, family, work, friends... anything... is the Word of God. It is timeless, matchless, and faultless. It is sharper than a two edged sword, and soft enough to heal your heart. The Word then became flesh and dwelt among us and gave us a whole new understanding. Jesus was loving, compassionate, just, merciful and kind. All of His attributes and character are found in the Word because HE IS THE WORD.

"But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don't work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards." Matt 7:26-27 (msg)

The choice is simple... Bubble or Bible?

- Just a thought

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My bubble has been burst so much in the past few years. I relied on my husband who was shipped to Iraq for 15 months. Then I relied on family and hometown friends for love and support while my husband was gone. I learned to depend on them in the absence of my husband instead of God. Well - it should not be a surprise that when he returned we were stationed 8 hours from home!! Funny how God works... I thank him for the tough lessons as I continue to grow closer and closer. As my bubbles continue to burst, I find my personal space between myself and God growing smaller... Thanks for the analogy, Bill!! :)