Sunday, January 15, 2012

Bubbles and Instruments

Our church has recently begun a challenge with all members to be actively reading the Bible. The challenge to read a small passage from the New Testament, Psalms or Proverbs everyday of this year. And our pastor has been preaching about the importance of being in, growing in and hiding the Word of God in our hearts.

A thought struck me today as he was talking to us about being immersed in a culture that doesn't value or appreciate the Bible.

Sometimes the Bible is like bubbles.

Now, I have to admit, I don't know much when it comes to swimming metaphors. I never learned to swim growing up. I nearly drowned when I was four, and since then, I don't like having my head under water. However, I have heard that when people are being trained for water rescue and such, they are taught to follow the bubbles. The premise is that when you crash into water or are disoriented under water, you must set aside your natural tendencies and "follow the bubbles." When you begin swimming after an accident, the brain may see light and think it is the sun or moon. However, it may be a reflection and following that light may take you deeper into the water. So, you must follow the bubbles which float to the surface.

While being immersed in a culture that is opposed to the things of Christ, Satan will try to disorient us and get us to follow the "fake" lights and lead us deeper away from safety. The only option we have is the follow the truth of the Bible ("the bubbles") which will lead us to life and rescue.

Another good example is airplane instruments. I'm told that pilots are instructed to fly according to their instruments, no matter what their eyes or senses may tell them. At times, they may "see" the horizon. But isn't truly the horizon and flying towards it will only cause problems. When a pilot's senses and the instruments are in disagreement, the trained pilot will fly according to the instruments.

There will be times in life when we "feel" a certain way but the Bible tells us something else. When we encounter those times, we need to set aside what we think to be true in order to follow what really IS true. The Bible will never lead us astray. And as we learn to steer our lives by the "instruments," God will reveal (in His time) how we might have been led astray.

The Bible says in Proverbs 3:5-6...

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.

The Bible is like bubbles and instruments...follow them, and you will find safety and direction.

1 comment:

  1. Great illustrations. I'm going to use them for the nursing home worship next Mon.