Happy Bubble Wrap Day! This handy material is loved by many, not only for its usefulness in protecting breakables, but also for its entertainment value. I am one who loves to squeeze and pop those bubbles. There is a real sense of satisfaction in applying pressure and feeling the air release noisily, possibly startling those standing nearby.
There are other kinds of bubbles that we encounter throughout life. I thought it might be beneficial to address one of those. We have already covered the fun of popping these lovely, squishy pockets of air. So let us move on to something a little more serious.
Certain people are raised in such a way that positions them in a type of bubble atmosphere throughout their lives. While this sounds like a type of paradise – to be protected and coddled – it is actually a precarious way to live. No one can be sheltered forever. Cruelties of life will eventually be realized and suffered. I believe it is better to be prepared and equipped to handle these difficulties rather than let them catch us unaware.
How do we handle things when our bubble wrap-protected lives burst? I believe a key to traveling that journey well is to be prepared ahead of time. We need to realize that no matter how hard we try to remain sheltered and safe, there is the possibility that something undesirable will eventually happen to us. Living in this crazy, rough world promises that to be true. No one is perfect and no one has a perfect life. Knowing that fact helps prepare us for the inevitable.
Who can help us through these perilous times? I find my strength in God. Because of Him and the precious people He has placed in my life, I have been able to not only survive my grief journey, but I feel I can see the other side of it more clearly now. The pain and hurt have lessened as I traveled these past four years. My relationship with Christ has grown as I have learned to trust and lean upon Him more.
I believe we must be willing to have our bubble popped occasionally. If we live to only protect ourselves and hide in fear of mishaps and unfortunate events in life, we forfeit opportunities to impact and influence others along the way. When we show the world that we can survive difficult times, learning to smile, laugh, and enjoy life in spite of hardship, others will be encouraged. Letting those around us know that there is always hope, is a message worth sharing.
How do you protect your bubble? Are you willing to risk the occasional puncture in order to make a difference in someone else’s life? I would like to urge you to try, knowing you can count on God and special people around you to help when the air escapes and your bubble bursts periodically.
Squeeze and pop some bubble wrap today, visualizing how much richer your life will be if you to reach out to others in need.
Until next time –