~~ Bubbles ~~
Bubbles - you know, those spheres of solution filled with air, caught up in the breeze. What fun they are to children and adults alike!
A bubble is a beautiful thing when you take a closer look. It reflects all the colours of the rainbow, and as these colours swim over its delicate surface you wonder why a bubble is so short lived. Up, up into the air it goes, higher and higher it goes until – BANG! Its surface is shattered and down it comes in fragments of moisture. Occasionally the beautiful bubble will drift into an object more solid than itself with the same devastating effect. Their beauty and the joy they bring are so short lived.
Life's pleasures are a little bit like that also. They bring pleasure for only but a little while and one would wonder if there was any point in perusing them in the first place. Other pleasures would seem to bring such merriment, and yet when brought against those more solid and more soul satisfying things in life they would shatter into nothing more than fragmented memories – some of which we would perhaps prefer to be forgotten forever.
The Christian life is certainly not boring and colourless; indeed could there be any greater joy than the knowledge of the certainty of our sins forgiven? Could we know any greater joy than that which was meant for the believer with Christ occupying the very inmost being? It is against this solid, unequal, deep and eternal joy and satisfaction that all other lesser types burst into insignificance.
The Lord Jesus said:
“These things I have spoken unto you that my joy might remain in you
and that your joy might be full”.
John 15: 11
(He) Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not,
yet believing,ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory...”
1 Peter 1: 8
Could there be any peace to match to match the peace an individual can have with God Himself?
“... The peace of God, which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4: 7
The Lord Jesus said:
“My peace I leave with you,not as the world giveth, give I unto you,
let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”.
John 14: 27
Even the very life He offers freely to those who repent of their sin and trust Him fully is “abundant”. Truly He is better than the best and greater than the greatest. The hymn writer expresses these thoughts so very well:
Take the world, but give me Jesus,
All its joys are but a name;
But His love abideth ever,
Through eternal years the same.
Oh, the height and depth of mercy!
Oh, the length and breadth of love!
Oh, the fullness of redemption,
Pledge of endless life above!