Pop Goes the Bubble!
I remember when Rachel was only 2. She was in the bathtub, and passed gas. She looked down into the tub, and excitedly exclaimed, “Oh! Bubbles!”
Needless to say, I cracked up. Even now, she is still fascinated with bubbles. She can be in the tub playing, and I will hear her yell, “Mommy, come here! You have got to see this bubble!” Invariably, the bubble which brought her so much joy would be gone before I could make it in there.
There are many things which this world offers us which can seem so appealing and so pretty, but just like the bubble, in an instant, the “beauty” of it all is gone. Let’s take a look at some scenarios.
The job that offers such prestige – prestige, which could fade at any given moment. The job market doesn’t seem to be too stable these days. Pop! There went the “bubble.” (That same job could require you to be away from your dear family and miss out on precious time that could never be recaptured.) The O.T. is so clear about how we are to diligently teach our children about spiritual things. How can we do that when we are gone so much of the time? When we are finally able to be with them, who would have the energy or the patience to be instructing them in righteousness?
Please don’t misunderstand, I am not knocking women who MUST work outside the home, but oftentimes, working outside the home is because we MUST have this new house, this bigger house, this fancy car, the fancy clothes for us and for our children…….It becomes a matter of working, not to provide for the family, but to get THINGS to satisfy us. Oops, did the “bubble” just pop again?
The lure of the mall. We get bored so we go shopping. We get frustrated, so we go shopping. We get happy, so we go shopping….. You get the picture. The mall is a lure to many women. While we are there, we tend to buy impusively. Later, when we get home, and have to explain the charges on the credit card, or why we don’t any longer have the money to buy the groceries, the temporary “high” which we get from shopping so quickly fades.
The lure of activities for our children. I see so many families, who get their children involved in so many activities. So many, in fact, that they hardly ever get to spend much time together. They miss out on the precious family meal times, or the chance to just spend an evening playing games. Too often, it ends up being a time where everyone is rushed, Mom is yelling, the kids are arguing……and the list goes on. Once again, the “bubble” pops, and the glitter of this activity fades away.
There are even some things which are good, noble causes. BUT, if God has not given us the OK to be involved in these activities, the “bubble” will pop again. For instance, maybe you want to be involved in Women’s ministries at your church. But being involved there can put another demand on your plate, which is already full, just trying to take care of the family, the house, the laundry, the grocery shopping. You may be maxed out with just the everyday tasks that HAVE to be done. Being involved in women’s ministries may make you feel like you are being a better Christian, or that you are doing your good deed by being there, but it could also be the thing that leaves you frazzled because maybe this just isn’t the “season” for you to be heavily involved in anything besides your own family.
Let me explain a little further on these things. The Bible says that there is a season for everything. I can give you a personal example regarding the women’s ministry. (I used that illustration because it fit my situation.) Our women’s group would meet on Tuesday mornings. I wanted to be there and be part of the group, but I homeschool, so which is my priority? Yes, I could rearrange the homeschool day so that I could teach later, but for me, my better hours of the day are in the morning. If I didn’t get school done in the morning, chances were very high that it wouldn’t get done at all. The teaching and training of my child on Biblical principles and academics was higher on the priority list than attending the women’s Bible study. (A side note on this – now the women’s group is meeting on Wed. nights. Since we are there every Wed. anyway, this has turned out to be a real blessing to me.)
I Cor. 3:11-13 says “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work.” (NIV)
II Tim. 2:20-21 says, “But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also utensils of wood and earthenware, and some for honorable and noble use and some for menial and ignoble use. So whoever cleanses himself from what is ignoble and unclean, who separates himself from contact with contaminating and corrupting influences will then himself be a vessel set apart and useful for honorable and noble purposes, consecrated and profitable to the Master, fit and ready for any good work.” (Amp. Bible)
Father, may you help us to see clearly the purpose you have for us at this time. Yes, it may change down the road, but help us now to see it, to embrace it, and to welcome it. Help us to be content in the ministry where you have placed us, and to find joy in the journey. Help us to focus our energies on the things which would bring honor to Your Name, and to pull ourselves away from those contaminating, luring things which this old world would love to offer us. Help us to find that life abundantly – the life which is in You, alone. Amen.
© 2003, Stacy R Miller