Creative Joy

By: Heather Phillips

 

Scripture:  Matthew 18:2-3  And Jesus called a little child unto him, and sat him in the midst of them, and said, Verily, I say unto you, Except you be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.  Whosoever, therefore, shall humble himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

 

Hymn:  What a friend we have in Jesus.  Page-403 Grey hymnal

 

A dear, treasured sister in the faith contacted me during a dark time in her life several years ago.  She asked me how I handled some of the dark, faith shaking things I had been through in my life and when I shared with her what I did and my faith/belief about it she giggled, tried it and now lives it whenever she is stressed and reminds me to as well.

 

Playfulness, I love that quality, Playful people look at life through a kaleidoscopic lens, seeing all kinds of ways to find adventure and have fun.  They’ve unlocked the door to the child within, and they’re always looking for something with which to play – a sight, a sound, a person, an idea.  The interesting thing is they’re from all walks of life – the executive, the waitress, the bus driver, the attorney, the gas station attendant, the doctor, the minister, the hairdresser, the street person, and the guy who lives in that high-rise over there.

 

One day after my brother passed away and I was feeling down-trodden and stressed somebody gave me a little bottle of “Miracle Bubbles” with a plastic wand.  One day when I was feeling stressed, angry and sad I blew bubbles for maybe 10 minutes.  (I even made a new wand with the shape of a cat on the end.  I wanted to see if the bubbles came out cat shaped.  They don’t).

 

I shared with my sister to search for creative joy in her life.  I told her to, “Go blow bubbles!”  This dear sister took my advice and did it.  She laughed… and cried.  She prayed a little to.  Invited her Lord to come blow bubbles with her.  When I get down now and I voice it, she will smile at me and say, “Heather, go blow bubbles.”

 

Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good, like a medicine.

Isaiah 55:12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

 

In this time of great stress for all of us, find your inner child.  Paint that picture, write that song, play that game, go play in the forest.  Go blow bubbles!

 

Now this joyful creativity won’t get you to heaven or make you debt free or fill in all the gaps in your needy soul, but it will give you a start in gaining victory over some of the enemies with which you wage war all too often – boredom, anxiety, cynicism, stress and procrastination.  This little trick has worked for five decades, and even now I’m still learning about the little person inside me who wants to come out and play.

 

More than two thousand years ago, Jesus said to a crowd of people gathered around him, “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven”  Matthew 18:3  The truth of that is something we all need to remember today in our stressful, busy, rat-race lives.

 

Don’t be afraid to explore the creative joy in your life.  Let it spill outside the bounds of your leisure and work, your home and office, your school and church.  Let it permeate your life.  And the next time somebody asks for a volunteer to be a clown at the block party, raise your hand.

 

Hymn:  All creatures of our God and King.  Page-22 Grey hymnal

 

Bubble recipe

 

6 cups water (distilled is best but tap water is fine)

½ cup dish detergent (I prefer Dawn but any liquid dish detergent will do)

½ cup corn starch

1 tbsp baking powder

1 tbsp glycerin (or personal lubricant)

 

End your devotion by blowing some bubbles with your family and share blessings God has done in your day with one another as you do.  Happy bubbling!