Yesterday I was going through my journal. I do that now and then, go back to a similar date a year ago to see what was going on in my life then. Yesterday was different, though, I pulled out all the journals I had here with me in Florida and was able to go back to 2010. So I read what studying and praying I was doing each year around this time over the last five years. I was actually surprised because my studying and praying wasn’t a whole lot different year over year. I really expected to see some big advancements in my life that would be truly noticeable as I jumped from one year to the next. I spent some time thinking about that, and pondering on why that was the case? God is continuing to bring home that this process of growing, becoming closer to Him and being transformed into Christ’s image is a one step at a time journey. He’s saying to me and to you…There are no shortcuts!! My mind responds to that with a resounding…Darn!! I thought it could be faster, I thought I could be faster in my pace, in my accomplishments, in getting some kind of prize for having “made it”!
I laugh because that is my nature, I’m very competitive (you can thank my Dad for that!), and to me succeeding a lot of the time has been represented in winning at something. But our Heavenly Father is telling us, we’re looking at this all wrong. This isn’t a competition, or something that if we do it really fast we’ll get to the end quicker. This is a life long journey of getting to know who we are in Christ and learning about a Heavenly Father who loves us and does things in the most intricate and detailed ways and says in 1 Timothy 6:17 to trust … in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. As I looked at my journal over that 5 year span I realized that the studying I did and the prayers that I prayed were steps to preparing a life that year over year is becoming richer and sweeter because I’m have a deeper understanding of what those words meant, both mine and in the scriptures.
So, you may ask, what does all of this have to do with bubbles? You did title this blog, Message in a Bubble. Glad you asked! As I’ve been seeking to have a clearer and encompassing understanding of how much I am loved by my Heavenly Father, I realize that I’ve been praying prayers and scriptures over the years that have spoken of His great love for me. One of the sweetest evidences of that was a simple bubble. Now don’t laugh, but several months back when things were very emotionally difficult because of a situation I had not yet been released from, I was in the shower and was just trying to understand why no matter what I prayed, no matter what I studied, I could not shake this pressure and feelings of anxiousness. I knew all the right scriptures, I’d also read some really great books on trust, but those feelings I could not shake. While looking up a small, beautiful bubble came floating down from my shampoo bottle. In that bubble I felt the love of my Heavenly Father, felt Him saying to me that as delicate and iridescent and whimsical as that bubble was, it was an expression of His delight over me. Romans 8 tells us that there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God. That bubble, to me, was Him reminding me that as I continue to pursue this journey of understanding what it means to be My Father’s Daughter, how much He loves me, and that that love will continue to overtake the obstacles I feel I am facing in this world. It was His message to me that I am greatly loved and as Zephaniah 3:17 says He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.
Here’s my encouragement to you today, it may feel as though things aren’t changing, you aren’t changing, but they are and you are. Let the Holy Spirit teach you that this isn’t a competition and we certainly aren’t running a sprint. This is an adventure and the glory of it is that we get to enjoy all of the beauty along the way. If we will not be in a hurry we will have a rich, fulfilling experience during our time on earth. You can rest in the truth that God is not late 2 Peter 3:9 tells us The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people’s conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance. If we can rest in the knowledge that God will get us where we need to be at the right time, then we can focus on the incredible messages He sends us, sometimes it is something as simple as a bubble.
A Daughter’s Prayer – Abba, the world I live in is in such a hurry, I am in such a hurry. Help me understand that You, Abba, are not in a hurry. You hold me in Your hand and have designed all of my days, days that are filled with delightful and glorious things that I miss because I haven’t allowed myself to enjoy You or the journey. My steps are ordered by You and I pray that with the help of Your precious Holy Spirit that I will learn to not allow the pressures of this world to dictate how I live my life, but instead allow the truth of Your Word to free me from a life of rushing, pressure, anxiety and missing Your great expressions of love, delight and song over me. In Jesus’ holy name, amen.