Filled Faith Bubbles, 19Jun
God put this notion into my head.. that bubbles which get filled with faith are the shape of grapes!!! And that if we worry about our bubbles bursting – we best make our bubbles into cups and let the Lord fill them up!
Many folks tell me how they enjoy my bubbly nature (most people already tolerate my bubbly-ness, but new people sometimes get caught off guard)… Bubbling is the freaky default position I live in… I usually say “it’s not my fault, I was born this way”, and now I add: “How could I NOT be so overjoyed with what the Lord has done… God fills my cup to overflowing”… I wouldn’t trade anything that God gave me, fixed me, corrected me, God made me into me…. I pray: “God, please change me into Your worker bee, a tool in Your shed, and SPIRIT me according to YOUR will…”
Bubbles… I have previously worried about my faith bubble bursting – I don’t worry about that now because I had decided, early on, that my faith is better envisioned as a cup, if bubbles get too big they could pop, BUT if I ripped open my own bubble and held it open, it becomes a cup… “Here’s my cup Lord, fill me up” … “when I am dry, you fill my cup; you are my ALL in ALL”.
My bubble ways – some might suggest it is shallowness – but I seriously know it’s not – I know God knows how to cheer me, show me that I am blessed… He fills my cup… energizes my faith… God makes me smile to know it is ALL HIM… I watch for God, He does not disappoint… My Joy is in the Lord and From the Lord.
See, bubbles filled with FAITH are no longer air-filled, or pop-able… they are dense, filled, FULL, and take on the shape of a beautiful fruit of the Vine – GRAPES… Yeah, grapes… Who is the Vine? Our Lord Jesus is the Vine…. Our Lord Father is the Vine dresser… I am entwined with the Vine, and that’s amazingly fine…. Grapes vine in clusters, we are best serving God when two or three meet in HIS name… Our faith tells us that God hangs fruit on us, I believe this, I know this, I love this, it’s real!!!!
“Jesus fruit” is the term my pastor preached last Sunday, that fruit is such a gift when we turn from our sinful ways and God hangs good fruit on us… God wants us holy and WHOLE… I know this, I don’t just accept what I have read, I KNEW this from the inside out, Jesus grew inside of me, I felt it, I feel it… Jesus’s kingdom is our hearts growing together, vines of hearts are clusters…
Jesus is in YOU TOO, pushing you open, filling you with HIS blood and healing your body with HIS SPIRIT. There are going to have to be sacrifices on your earthly part, there has to be, Jesus knows what’s dragging you down, devoting yourself to HIS WILL is the only way…. Jesus will fill your earthen jar of clay, fill your dried grape skin with His own blood, hold your heart in HIS hands… and most amazingly Jesus had died your death for you – so you can eternally be with Our Father, the Vinedresser….
Fill me up Lord….
Bubbles are grapes, filled with the SPIRIT, clusters of faith… WHOLE HOLY… human and Godly… Jesus brings the SPIRIT inside directly to YOU… He will never let go…. John 6:37 “All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.”
When I am down, the Lord reminds me of my salvation and His mercy – then everything else falls into perspective. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Don’t deny the painful corrections. Don’t fail to give Joy it’s due – JOY is from the Lord.
This God is our maker, our SPIRIT, our LIFE is from HIS LOVE which He shared to make our way to Heaven on Earth… We are part of His heavenly plan… I accept HIS blood in mine, attached to the grapevine… Intertwined…
Here’s my cup Lord, Fill me up….
FYI – I wrote this after a great day, I am camping with extended family… I can’t sleep yet, so I took the time to wrote out the notion that God put in my head while driving up here.. that bubbles filled with faith are the shape of grapes!!! Connects a Father’s day sermon about “Jesus being the vine” (which cracked open my ears while awakening to know Jesus was/is real, John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”) AND a new Father’s day sermon I just heard about “Jesus fruit”… (GALATIANS 5: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.). Both sermons are from dear pastoral friends of mine whom God gifted into my life with HIS-timing, and whose spirit-led paths have helped me with tools to open my ears to understand even more – it is in HIS timing – making connections in the spirit of God… the Vine-dresser…
Thanks God for my cluster of fellow Jesus-fruit grapes intertwined into Your net… Thanks God for vining me…. Thanks God for Jesus.