I want to bubblewrap my kids.
You know what I mean. Deep in
every loving person's heart is the desire to protect those we truly love
from physical, mental, emotional and spiritual harm. We want to shelter
them from the bullies, we want to keep them out of hurtful
relationships, and if someone treats them unfairly, we go to battle for
them. Although the mother bear in me stays completely hidden most of the
time, she comes out with all vengeance and force when one of my boys is
Needless to say, with both of my boys going through
serious problems, and with the pressures they were
dealing with at work and school, I have been quoted many times of late
as saying: "Bring on that bubblewrap!"
I mentioned this to my
older son the other day. His response? "But mom, if you bubblewraped us,
we wouldn't grow!"
What a moment of maturity...And he is so right!
I was contemplating this this morning, it occurred to me that God
doesn't even "bubblewrap" us. He allows us to go through problems:
"...In this world you will have trouble..." (John 14:33b NIV).
Let's also remember that even Jesus wasn't "bubblewraped": "but for the
joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame..."
(Heb. 12:2b NIV). The end result? Salvation for mankind: "In
bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for
whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of
their salvation perfect through what he suffered." (Heb. 2:10 NIV).
Okay, if good comes through suffering and if Jesus wasn't even
bubblewrapped, how can I truly wish to bubblewrap my boys?
took this to the Lord in prayer then, and I repented of wanting to
shield them from all harm. Instead, I handed them both, along with their
myriads of problems, to the One who can solve them all. I was
immediately overwhelmed with peace, the peace that passes all
Phil. 4:7), and I felt such joy, the joy that can only come from the
presence of God (See
Ps. 16:11). Suddenly I could see myself and my boys, not submersed
in the problems, but floating above them...as if encased in a...bubble!
God had just bubblewrapped my boys--and me too! It didn't mean we
wouldn't go through problems. Instead, it meant He would carry us
through unscathed and growing in the Lord!
Does that sound like
a fantasy? Too good to be true?
Consider God's Word: "I have
told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world
you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
(John 16:33 NIV). Though we are told we will go through trouble, Jesus
says that we may have His peace, for He has overcome the world.
Consider also the following text: "for everyone born of God
overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world,
even our faith." (1 John 5:4 NIV). No matter what, we WILL
Still not convinced? "You will keep in perfect
peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you."
(Isaiah 26:3 NIV). When we remain steadfast in Christ, when we place our
trust in Him, we have...Perfect peace!
I could go on listing
numerous other Bible texts such as
3:21, etc; but I think the point is clear: Though we are not
shielded from problems, there is a "bubblewrap" for us all. We simply
need to surrender our problems to Him: "Cast all your anxiety on him
because he cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7 NIV). When we do, we are
bubblewrapped by the Father Himself! We will pass through those valleys,
yes, but we will emerge victorious, growing in our faith, stronger in
the Lord and full of His joy.
Bubblewrap, anyone? I know a really
In His love,
Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two,
Author -- "Aboard
God's Train -- A Journey With God Through the
Valley of Cancer", Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly
internet newsletter, and Scriptural
Nuggets, a website devoted to Christian devotionals and
inspirational poems, with Answers2Prayer
Ministries. Follow Lyn on Twitter @lynchaffart.