This morning as I enjoy day two of my STAY-CATION, (day one was a little rough due to sleep deprivation and a sinus headache) I am reading about my main man Paul (Bible man, not husband man–that main man is Tim). Anyhow, in reading about Paul, I notice that he was in prison, having done nothing wrong but preach that people should repent and turn to God, proving their repentance by their deeds. (Acts 26:20) Imagine that, people getting upset about the truth.
BUT. . . . into prison and on his way to Rome he goes. People who hear his story know he isn’t guilty of anything, but at this point what’s a guy going to do? God wants Paul in Rome. So to Rome he will go–by boat, or ship or whatever you want to call it. We see that Paul is “on board” with God’s plan, and that he is in the care of a centurian named Julius. We also see that Julius was prone to show kindness to Paul and allowed him, at their first stop, to go see some friends so that they might care for his needs.
Julius was a “bubble person“–Yep! That’s what he was, and so were the unnamed friends who were all about meeting some needs. Paul’s life was filled with some haters, but floating around in the midst of all the anger were these bubble people. He had them in his life, and we have them, too.
Bubble people are those people who are interspersed in your days or weeks or months who add a factor of joy and caring to other wise unpleasantness. I mean the fact of the matter is, alot of the people we come across are not that happy, or helpful or kind, and there are times in our lives and certainly in our ministries that we begin to focus on those people. I heard Craig Jutila once call them “Moses people.” Those people that when you see them they make you want to part!!
But bubble people aren’t like that. Bubble people are like bubbles. They make everything better just by being there, and they don’t even know it! I mean think about it. There are few things going on that bubbles can’t make better. It’s really hard to be around bubbles and not smile–at least a little. They bring a sparkle and a smile and even, yes, even laughter to the crustiest of us. Kids know something we adults often forget. Everything is better with bubbles! (and you, “soap in your eyes is not good” people, you can just read my next post BUBBLE BUSTIN’ PEOPLE) No matter what’s goin’ on there is joy in bubbles.
As I continue to think back to the beginnings of my life in ministry, I first began to think about bubbles when Lucy Swindoll spoke about them at a Women of Faith conference years ago. She was talking in more general terms about our circumstances, but the truth is still simply profound! Although I didn’t think about bubble people until later,the truth is there will be those days, or those weeks, maybe even those months, where you are feeling overwhelmed by bubble busters, and you need to remember the bubble people. People whose very lives, their existance, their momentary presence in a room or in your life changes everything for the better. And those people are around us. They are on our team, they are in our stores, or our neighborhoods, or our kids’ school. They are there, and we are better for them.
So if you are battling a little discouragement, or you have some bubble busters in your ministry right now, be sure to be on the look out for the bubble people around you and take a little time to play with them. Grab a coffee or a Diet Coke or some chocolate or if you must, something healthy, and spend some time enjoying those bubble people in your life because they have the power to change how you look at everything else. When you focus on the joy of the great people in your corner, and the God who has put them there, all the other stuff fades in comparison.
Which is why I love my bubble people prayer from Philippians 1:3
I thank my God everytime I remember the bubble people . I am truly, truly thankful for you.