Empty Bubbles

Empty Bubbles

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Matthew 22:36

Last Friday we kept our sweet grandchildren Olivia and Jack for the night. It’s always so much fun to have them at our house. As I was picking up some milk at the grocery store I saw a display of the big bubble wands, you know, the ones where you can wave it and make huge bubbles. Soon, we were all out in the front yard making and chasing big bubbles.

What is it about bubbles that are so much fun, and the bigger the better!

As I was spinning in circles, trying not to get dizzy as I waved the sudsy wand, with more bubbles than I could count filling the air, I recalled the Puritan prayer that I had recently read in my morning devotion time. It was titled Man’s Great End. Here’s a portion of it…

There is one thing that deserves my greatest care, that calls forth my ardent desires, that is, that I may answer the great end for which I am made – to glorify thee who hast given me being, and to do all the good I can for my fellow man.

Most men seem to live for themselves, without much or any regard for they glory, or for the good of others; they earnestly desire and eagerly pursue the riches, honors, pleasures of this life, as if they supposed that wealth, greatness, merriment, could make their immortal souls happy; but, alas, what false delusive dreams are these!

Time is a moment, a vapor, and all its enjoyments are empty bubbles, fleeting blasts of wind… help me to know continually that there can be no true happiness, no fulfilling of thy purpose for me, apart from a life lived in and for the Son of thy love.

So rich with meaning and so true! My dizzying spins of bubble creation, trying to make bigger and bigger bubbles did create laughter and joy, but only for a very brief time. For as fun as it is to make big bubbles, their gone in a flash.

That’s why when Jesus was asked “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment. He replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”