Virginia is a bubble bath gal who enjoys escaping into the bubbles, especially during times of stress. When slammed, however, a bubble bath tends to become an irregular occurrence when it seems like a luxury of sorts.
But, oh, the joy of bubbles, of soaking troubles away through relaxation supreme.
The other night I tried a new Aromatherapy bubble bath called “Love” (with Roses and Vanilla, how could Virginia resist?) Soaking achy-breaky back muscles in the luxurious bubbles a bit longer than usual provided bounteous time to contemplate things like LOVE.
God’s love, especially. God’s love is always here to keep us going, but do we take time out of our busy schedules to soak in the bubble bath of God’s love?
When life beats us up and our hearts are sore, do we let God’s healing graces soften our hearts with bubbles of hope and restoration?
How often do we let God pamper us with luxurious Love, the kind that makes us know we are Beloved and precious in God’s sight?
When we’re stressed and slammed it’s all the more important to pause for a bubble bath of God’s love, even a quickie one.
We can take a 10 minute break to sit outside, breathe and pray. Take a worship moment to notice a sunrise, a sunset, or a moonrise. Go for a walk in the woods, check out the majesty of trees and colorful leaves (God’s heavenly paintbrushes busy at work.)
Splurge on flowers to brighten your desk (reminder: God loves me!)
Splurge on flowers to brighten your colleague’s desk (reminder: God loves them, too.)
Take time to receive love from others, and to be love to others. In so doing, we are sharing the bubble bath of God’s love for us and for all.
God’s bubble bath of love is all around us (and within us, if we look hard enough.) If we take time to soak it in, we can treasure indelible bubbles of God’s love amidst our go-go-go-goings on.
Virginia : )
“Our hope is not based on something that will happen after our sufferings are over, but on the real presence of God’s healing Spirit in the midst of these sufferings.” Henri Nouwen