Tuesday, August 04, 2009

the bubble

My hubby recommended that I write a post about The Bubble. Since we spoke at Central on Sunday about evangelism (aka: being a person of excellence in the workplace so that people see your good works and notice God in them) I figure this is a perfect opportunity to introduce you to it.

[to hear our message, here's the link]

The Bubble had its birth after a significant bout of really bad days at the office. You know the type. Mistakes (your fault), other people's bad moods (not your fault), weather, layoffs, miscommunications, fax machines from the 80s that chew up paper... After a few of these such days I lamented to Andrew that I had had it UP TO HERE. He calmly pointed out our new house and mortgage to go with it as well as the increasing unemployment rate, suggesting that, perhaps, honey, now is not the time to be fantasizing about quitting.

Instead, we prayed.

We prayed, but not the "Dear Jesus, help me at my job, Amen." kind of prayers. We prayed because we knew there was a better perspective on my work situation and that God wanted to show it to us. Because he's cool that way.

With my eyes closed I pictured myself at my job, where I work as a receptionist. I could see my desk, the overhead lighting, the main doors to the office facing me, my phone, my computer, my little to-do-list with another little to-do-list attached to it. I could envision my coworkers walking through the office, getting something to drink from the kitchen, and stopping at my desk to chat.

What I hadn't expected to see was The Bubble. It touched one side of the hardwood floor on the right side of my desk and reached over my head in an arch, sealing itself on the left side. From the inside, I could see that The Bubble was thin and clear enough to see through, with the opalescence of a bubble blown on a sunny day. From the inside, I observed office interaction and felt peaceful. From the inside, I was safe.

God told me that not only was The Bubble a representation of the peace that was mine on a daily basis but it also became what I brought to work on a daily basis. All the aspects of vacation that we strive after (and count down on our calendars, waiting for) could be with me, and should be shared by others should they need them: peace, space, patience, forgiveness, humour, safety, counsel, repose. The Bubble afforded me the protection I needed internally so that I could perform my job better externally.

I'd suggest you do the same. Ask God where The Bubble is in your workplace. How has he made provision for you to remain peaceful, yet efficient? Instead of facing the day's challenges fully suited in cast-iron armour, prepared for the worst, try letting your guard down and allowing God to handle things, expecting the best.

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
- John 14: 27 (NIV)

[Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]
- (Amplified!)


Linda Hope said...

Very meaningful insight.

I call my God "Bubble" - The Egg. I always feel like i'm in an egg of God's love and peace, maybe it's because i feel it is not necessarily as wide as it is tall, or maybe i just feel like i'm taller than i really am, but it's always in the shape of an egg.

Glad you found your bubble. It's a great place to be in.


Lois said...

this is a good reminder... was feeling a bit heavy here with Bev... thank you... (this is the "bubble" I knew I was in after Samuel died)... XOXO

Maureen said...

I am in my bubble at work right now.

Enjoying your posts!