We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement each Sunday … and somewhere along the course of the week, often we find ourselves in need of a little bit of something to help us through.

Welcome to Extra Strength: a mid-week pick-you-up for the soul. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for extra encouragement and challenge. 

Extra Strength

Selfie: Safe {Sunday, May 10, 2015 }

By Hyacynth Worth

I want to live in a bubble.

The kind of bubble where I’m not constantly having to live in the tight tension of joy and pain.

The kind of bubble where people all live to a ripe, old age, children are never abandoned, earthquakes don’t decimate communities, no one ever breaks your heart and ice cream has no calories.

I want to be sheltered; I want to be safe from the pain of, well, you know, living.

Ah, living, you are so beautiful, yet so very painful all at the same time. And it just doesn’t seem to make sense to my head or my heart how the two can coexist as they do.

I’ve gone a few different paths in my striving for security and safety, in my attempt to make sense of the chaos that is the collision of joy and pain.

I’ve tried to control the heck out of everything, until my knuckles were white from clenching onto my control and I’ve spun into waves of anxiety.

I’ve distanced myself from relationships, because if you don’t love too deeply, I reasoned, you also can’t be too heartbroken when the heartstrings are suddenly severed in any number of ways.

And I’ve disconnected from reality, living in my own self-absorbed world, where I don’t let anything in to disturb my peace all while shaking in fear that something I can’t control will invade it anyway.

I’ll tell you a secret you likely already know: every one of those attempts? Epic fail.

Because they all centered around me.

My ability.

My wants.

My plans.

My desires.

My control.

Somewhere along the way I confused myself with God.

Opps.

Tell me you do that, too?

I didn’t really begin to understand, though, until our life began unraveling during a series of miscarriages a few years ago and God began weaving it back together, that real safety isn’t something I can create; rather real safety is only found in the Creator.

I love the passage we looked at in Luke 8:22-25, where Jesus rests easily in the lower part of a ship he and his disciples are sailing on in the midst of a fierce storm because it shows us the true character of the kind of Creator who offers us real safety.

Pastor Joe summed it up best when he said, “You will not sail through life without bruises but do not abandon ship because Jesus is there in the boat with you.”

And where ever we go, no matter how the storms rage around us, we are safe in His arms because nothing can ever separate us from His great love.

And there’s no greater bubble than that of His love.

IMG_2528Hyacynth Worth is beloved to God, wife to John, mom to two boys and author of Undercover Mother. She also works as the Online Communications Coordinator for Immanuel Church.


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One thought on “Extra Strength: The Best Bubble for Living (Hyacynth)

  1. Ahhhhh… thank God we DO live in a bubble… God’s love! so touched by your thought here… “real safety isn’t something I can create; rather real safety is only found in the Creator.” Simply deep.

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