I was blowing bubbles to my 1-year-old twins and couldn’t help but feel such joy. Their faces lit up like the town Christmas tree. There was such excitement. They definitely did not want the fun to end. I could not help but wonder if this is the mutual joy that is between God and us. So I pondered on this and asked the Advocate to lead me in my journey to see God in blowing bubbles. Here is what I’ve found.
The Living Bubble and the Divine Flow
then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature
Genesis 2:7 (ESV)
I breathe air into the solution; I watch as my new creation floats in the air. I try to guess where it will land. To my dismay, the bubbles land far from where I thought they would. They’re just aimless, lifeless orbs making their way until they pop. Something inevitably breaks the tension, the outer layer, of the bubble. There is nothing we can do about that. We just move on to the next try.
God breathed into the nostrils of man with an entirely different desire. We are not meant to be lifeless, aimless, or just floating around wherever the flow of air takes us. He does desire us to be in a flow, however. The flow that is Perichoresis. He wants us to be aware and participatory in His activity and presence in our lives. There is this flow of Divine Love between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. When we are in this stream, we are in true relation with our Creator. God’s love is among us, in us, and through us. Whenever we are being love, we are dancing and connecting with God. How special is that? Once I learned this, my whole connection and perception of the Trinity became an endless possibility. God no longer looked like Santa sitting on a fluffy cloud passing out gifts and coal. Which is a vision of Him that never did sit well with me. This Law and Order that I was shown in teaching didn’t quite match my experience.
I find God in everything now. In the trees, flowers, sinners, and saints. This is the “bubble” He intended when I was formed. I am breathing borrowed breath. I so special to the Blower, so he intently formed me. You are, too. We can belong to the flow of life, winding down an aimless path. Landing and bursting. Or, we can belong to the path of Divine Love. The Divine Dance. Either way, it’s up for us to decide. Yet, know this. We may land and burst over and over again. It has been my experience that God never runs out of breath. He has always breathed new life into me. Believe me, I don’t deserve it, but He does it anyway. A lot. Like, seriously, a lot. He reforms me and I’m off once again. So, don’t be discouraged if you find yourself out of the Dance. The door to the flow never shuts.
” Our starting place was always original goodness, not original sin. “
~Richard Rohr, The Divine Dance