"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 1 Corinthians 4:16-18
My puppy, Ramble, is afraid of all the usual suspects: lawn mowers, vacuum cleaners, other dogs on TV (okay, not sure that one is so normal).
But the things he is most scared of in the entire world are his own reflection and bubble baths.
I was telling my friend about how I recently made this discovery after buying some lavender epsom salt bubble bath.
I don't do anything around here with Ramble, so I let him in the bathroom during my soak.
He would stare at me, approach the bubbles with hesitation and then jump back and cower in fear.
Then I would try to coax him over in my most gentle voice, holding the bubbles out in my hand until he knew it was OK. He would investigate and the cycle would start all over again.
I love this weirdo more than I can express with words, and I would never, ever hurt him.
"Besides, it's just so silly," I told her. "It's just bubbles...it can't hurt him."
And I was bowled over.
What if the things I am so scared of are mere bubbles to God?
Although I can't imagine a bigger love than what I have for Ramble, I know that this God I believe in loves me one hundred times more.
And I know he's coaxing me in his gentlest voice...
Katie, I would never hurt you. Come closer and look at these bubbles. See how small and fluffy they are?