“And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah8:10 ESV)
A couple of years ago, my hand-held shower-head broke off. I learned to do without it and had almost forgotten what it is like to have a shower attachment in my bath. On Saturday I went to a craft market at a little church near our home. On one of the stalls was a showerhead and attaching hose and bracket for R60. I wasn’t sure it was the right thing or that it would screw into my mixer but I bought it. When I got it home, I found it did fit and it is now attached.
I had forgotten the pleasure of being able to make foam in my bath by using the shower attachment. I continued to add bubble bath mixture however, because it helps me clean the bath afterwards. but now… O, the luxury of a relaxing bubble bath!
I wonder what it is about bubbles that captures the spirit of joy. They are nothing but air encased in a thin skin. Remember the joy of a child blowing bubbles? They float effortlessly, shimmering in the sunshine and reflecting rainbows on their surface. In this case the air is breath.
Joy is part of the Fruit of the Spirit and the more we allow the Holy Spirit to breathe into us, the more joy we will manifest, reflecting the glory of Christ. Jesus had this joy. He said in John 15:11, “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” He was talking about love – the fact that He loves us just as the Father loves Him and that we are to abide in His love and love one another.
Joy can transform the everyday to something special, just like the bubbles which set apart Champagne from ordinary wine.
Dear Lord, sometimes life seems so ordinary:- the everyday routine, one week following another in cyclic appointments and duties. Please breathe Your joy into my life this Monday and may this joy affect those around me like bubbles.