Joy Bubbles

Joy Bubbles

I was in a strange place, surrounded by people I didn’t know. I didn’t want to be there. And then a memory flashed–my mom, talking about her joy bubble.

My mother was an RN, the nurse on charge in her unit. Not everyone appreciated her authority and there were times the resistance got too much for her. In those times, she’d rebubbles-51675_640mind herself, “Nothing can happen to me today that God and I together cannot handle.” She pictured herself in a bubble–in the world, not of it–a place where she could experience the joy of the Lord no matter what was happening around her. She could float in rough waters or rise above, lifted by the knowledge of his presence.

Am I the only one guilty of trying to escape, to disappear when things aren’t going my way? What we need to learn is how to stay engaged in (insert your current struggle here), but not be pulled down by despair or sucked into retaliation. Or, like I often attempt, covering our ears, shutting our eyes, and chanting “La-la-la-la-la.” Escape doesn’t work–the problem is still there when you open your eyes and stop la-la-la-ing. Revenge has lousy consequences. And despair is fruitless and feels awful.

How much better to actually picture ourselves in a bubble of grace and joy and peace that can’t be popped from the outside? How much better to consciously abide in Christ.

A simple but hard solution to coping in a place we don’t want to be. So how do we abide? By constant reminders. Maybe, for you, it’s scripture verses on post-it notes covering the dashboard of your car. Or 3×5 cards ongold bracelet the fridge. Maybe it’s a timer whose incessant beeping every hour on the hour says, “Remember: You can do ALL things through Christ who gives you strength.” I’ve thought about wearing a particular ring or bracelet on a day I know I’m going to be facing a difficult situation (or person!). Every time I glace down, I would talk to the Lord: “I know. You’ve got this. You’re here and I have no need to fear. Or have a meltdown.” Maybe it’s music, constantly infusing your subconscious with truth, keeping a steady hymn of praise playing in the back of your mind.

Simple, not easy. We constantly face people and places who tempt us to pop the bubble, step out, and handle things our own way. But, just in case you haven’t already experienced non-abiding life, let me tell you, life on the outside is pretty awful. I’m grateful that every time I bust out, God’s waiting with a  fresh start. And a brand new joy bubble.

So how do you remind yourself daily of the truth of God’s presence and power? How do you abide?

Becky Melby About Becky Melby

Wisconsin resident Becky Melby is the author of the Lost Sanctuary Series and a dozen other contemporary fiction titles. Married for 43 years, mother of four, grandmother to fifteen, Becky thrives on writing, reading, camping, rides on the back of a silver Gold Wing, and time with family. Connect with her at her website or Facebook.

Comments

  1. Laurie Driesen says:

    That reminds of the verse … The joy of the Lord is my strength. Without joy we lose our strength. I’ve experienced it enough to know I must consistently stay in God’s presence. I love your list of reminders of how to do that! Notes, music etc…. Thamk you!

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    Becky Melby Reply:

    Love that verse, Laurie! Have to wonder what a nonbeliever would think of it. Without Christ, it seems irrational that joy would lead to strength.

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  2. I needed to read this today. I’ve been frustrated about a situation at work. This really helps. Thank you!

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    Becky Melby Reply:

    I’ll pray for you in your joy bubble today, Penny!

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  3. I love this idea! I am definitely the escape-the-issue kind of person. From now on I will wear my joy bubble.

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    Becky Melby Reply:

    From one escape artist to another: We can do this, Lisa! (Through Christ alone.)

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  4. I don’t know. I’m not sure I do remind myself daily. I know it … but I’m going to be thinking about that … something as a reminder to see daily. xoxo

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    Becky Melby Reply:

    As always, I appreciate your honesty, Shelli. The Israelites had stones of remembrance–we are all “out of sight…” people.

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  5. Janet K Brown (@janetkbrowntx) says:

    Oh, yes, I always say I’d like to go live on a deserted island, but that’s not where God placed me. God is always faithful. I say that Scripture verse to myself a lot. Love the idea f being in a bubble of joy. Yes!

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    Becky Melby Reply:

    He is always faithful. Amen, Janet. The deserted island would be peaceful…but lonely. Just got a funny mental image of God putting each of us on our own private little island! A world without conflict–or love or sharing or grace-giving on a human level. And so we lean on him in the place he put us.

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  6. I so needed to hear this today, Becky. Thanks for sharing this message from the Lord.

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    Becky Melby Reply:

    Praying you find strength in abiding today, Cynthia.

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  7. Tina Dorward says:

    I am not always successful by any means, but I have learned listening to Christian music all day long helps and reading His word helps.

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    Becky Melby Reply:

    Love how music can lift you out of a dark place and remind you who you are in God’s eyes. I’ve started making more of an effort to memorize scripture so it’s right there when I need it. And I need it often! You’re not alone it not always being successful, Tina!

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