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I See Your Bubbles

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My husband and I recently connected with the Elevation Church Space Coast extension site here in Melbourne. As a church we are doing some pretty incredible things and we are blessed to be involved in the launch of what God is doing right here in our area. God is moving mountains.

In one of his recent sermons, Steven Furtick made such an interesting object illustration using two iPhones. He alluded to the humorous bubbles that appear on the text senders end as the other receiver is cleverly working on a crafted response. So many times I’ve seen these mysterious bubbles on my iPhone and they have now been introduced on Facebook messages.

You just can’t escape the bubbles. 

[tweetthis]You just can’t escape the bubbles. [/tweetthis]

You have been impacted by these bubbles too, no doubt.

The moment you send a message and eagerly wait for a needed response. You look down at your phone, trying not to grow anxious. But then you see their bubbles. Those scattered dots of activity from the person you can’t wait another second to read a response from. You not only know your message was received, but that there indeed is activity from someone on the other end.

You wait.

You try to distract yourself.

You ponder whether or not you should type a message asking why it is taking the person on the other end so long to respond to such a point blank question.

Finally, you begin to type a message, fearing that maybe the person misread your emotions or perhaps they are afraid to answer in a way that you would like. You must type a message to reassure them. You need to provide peace, encouragement and reassurement. Your message looks perfect, your emotions are confirmed. You finally feel justified and right as your finger hovers over the “Send” button, those bubbles disappear.

“K” is the response from the other end.

Seriously? Putting my life on hold and my emotions in overdrive all for one stupid letter?

Yes, you know you have been popped by these bubbles too. In fact, this typing awareness indicator has caused many to actually turn off its functionality due to the added emotional stress it causes on their lives. See this New York Times article for reference. Why not try the old fashioned “pick up the phone and call” approach. But no, what would be the fun of that? And miss seeing our bubbles?

This past year I felt like I have seen God’s bubbles in response to a huge overriding dilemma in my life.

My text to God – “I don’t know where to go from here vocationally. I need your help. Thx.”

For months, I saw His bubbles…hard at work in my life, yet no clear answer.

I saw His bubbles the day I received two working hearing-aids enabling me to experience the world around me in stereo for the first time. (February 2014)

I saw His bubbles the day I ran two 5ks exactly seven hours apart. (April 2014)

I saw His bubbles the day I launched this blog.(May 2014)

I saw His bubbles with every comment I read after every post composed. (Ongoing)

I saw His bubbles with every speech I delivered as I started my Toastmasters journey. (June 2014)

Oh, the bubbles. I saw and felt Him working but what exactly is my answer.

In a few weeks, I will begin my certification to become a Professional Christian Life Coach. A place that my gifts of encouragement, writing and speaking blend with ministry for such a unique purpose.

I still see more bubbles heading my way, but perhaps this is the answer I’ve been looking for. But without His bubbles along the way, I wouldn’t see His answer so clearly. It would become a coincidence or even worse – I could take all the credit. No, we need Abba’s bubbles – sometimes more than we need to hear His quick response.

[tweetthis]We need Abba’s bubbles, sometimes more than we need to hear His quick response. [/tweetthis]

He is alive.

He is working.

Yes friends, there is movement on the other end of our questioning.

Have you ever been comforted by His bubbles? Waiting on Gods answer can be one of the hardest acts of faith, yet when His plan is revealed, only He can take credit. Keep waiting and find His presence in His bubbles. Just wait and see…

 

UPCOMING CHANGES –

Due to my coursework and priority given to my book project, my blog posting may slow to 1-2 posts per week through April. You will see my bubbles at work here and there over the next 16 weeks. I am working. God is working. Don’t worry, I will keep you updated! Thank you so much for your continued encouragement. I can’t begin to express how much your words mean to me and our family as we begin a new journey walking out in faith! I’m glad you are here with us!

Until next time – rest in His

About the Author Bethany

I am an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor to women and an author. I am an author, blogger, ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach, Motivational and Inspirational Speaker and encourager. More than anything, I define myself as a child of God. I simply desire to use my passion for thriving (getting every single drop out of life) to inspire others. I have overcome disabilities (coloboma vision-loss, severe hearing-loss and a small right arm). I am a double brain cancer survivor. I use the story God has given me to move beyond what I am surviving and thrive in His promises. I enjoy being a wife to Steve for over 12 years and mother to three boys (ages 9, 7 and 4).

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25 comments
Debra Alexander says January 5, 2015

it is so crazy that we care so much for somebody else’s response. I wonder if we care that much about what God has to say?

    Bethany says January 5, 2015

    Yes it is hard to wait on God’s response – yet, while we wait He tends to show us things that make the waiting worth it. Great insight! Thanks!

Jennifer says January 5, 2015

I love the idea of seeing God in the bubbles! Great post!

    Bethany says January 5, 2015

    It really makes you think, doesn’t it? Glad you dropped by friend!!

Jennie Goutet says January 5, 2015

Congratulations on your next step!

I giggled over the “I see your bubbles” quote from God.

    Bethany says January 5, 2015

    Thanks Jennie!

    I love the graphic for this post!

Anita Ojeda says January 5, 2015

I love this concept! I also love that God’s bubbles never result in a mere one-letter response ;).

    Bethany says January 5, 2015

    Ha! Very true! Made me “LOL”. Thanks so much for dropping by Anita!

Tara says January 5, 2015

So excited for this new journey for you friend! God’s bubbles are indeed at work in you! I agree that when I see comments etc on the blog, that is indeed God’s bubbles back to me too! 🙂

    Bethany says January 5, 2015

    Love this Tara! I think when I start looking for His bubbles I see a more active picture of what He is doing, rather than waiting for an answer. Love seeing His bubbles on the blog too!

Mary says January 5, 2015

Congratulations on your new mission. It is such a joy when God brings all you have hoped and prayed together. I look forward to what hearing about what the new year brings you. I also look forward to all of the bubbles I will be receiving from God this year.

    Bethany says January 5, 2015

    Me too Mary! Let’s stay in touch!

Andrea says January 5, 2015

This post is so appropriate for these times! I am often waiting on God’s bubbles, too!

You had quite a year in 2014! Hoping that 2015 holds many more amazing things for you. 🙂

    Bethany says January 5, 2015

    Andrea – 2014 by far was the hardest year to let go of…it was awesome! Yet, I think sometimes we limit God after these great years of our life thinking “Well, that was great, now back to normal.” Nope. Sometimes you just can’t go back to doing life the same old way. We will see how 2015 goes but regardless of the events, I’m ready for what God has in store.

Susan Shipe says January 5, 2015

I don’t have an iphone so I’m not familiar with the bubbles – but I’ve been thinking a lot about the 400 or so years of silence from heaven lying between the old and new testaments. There were bubbles but no message! Yet, He was working. He is ALWAYS working! Great post. Love these types of illustrations!

    Bethany says January 5, 2015

    Susan – Wow, great point! Yet God chose to go through these years of silence before sending Jesus. He needed silence before Christ. Interesting! May be chewing on that for a bit too!

Jenny says January 5, 2015

Interesting read Bethany. I would have never thought of my conversation with God as a series of bubbles but you know what, He relates to me when and where I am.

    Bethany says January 5, 2015

    Well said Jenny! Sometimes bubbles need popping too! Thanks for joining in the conversation!

Ashley Prendergast says January 5, 2015

This was totally awesome Bethany!!! I absolutely loved your “bubbles” theme and it paints a very amazing picture in my head about the things that God is doing in my life (in bubbles, of course). This one is definitely a fave of mine!

    Bethany says January 6, 2015

    Ashley, isn’t it such an encouraging picture? Love the bubbles!!

Amanda Calitz says January 6, 2015

Wow! What a great analogy! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Bethany says January 6, 2015

    Your welcome Ananda!!

Devonne says January 7, 2015

Love your subject. The bubbles keep me going as well. I will keep looking for bubbles in all I do. Great writing.

    Bethany says January 7, 2015

    Thanks Devonne! This post was fun to write!

Dianna says February 26, 2015

Bethany, I absolutely love this post! Fits so well with my post-it note prayer request for me…reminding me that God is always working… sometimes I can see those bubbles and sometimes I want to rush in and send another message…but He continues to write to me and He continues to write my story…that’s how I am able to hold on during this time of waiting <3

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