When we finally celebrated John’s birthday with all the grands, it was more a party along the level of an elementary school child.
It’s why John connects so well with children.
The kids had gotten a plethora of balloons for the celebration, filled with helium and bobbing around like apples in a tub of water.
The bobbing didn’t last long. Within minutes after they brought them home, they began to descend in that sad state of lost helium. Bobbing turned to bumping around on the floor.
Quite dismayed over what appeared to be poor workmanship and less than acceptable service from the store, they made a call and informed the people that they expected more balloons to replace the sad floor sitters that now scattered over the room.
When they arrived at the store, it was then that the owners explained that nine-inch balloons don’t hold helium as well as larger balloons.
A small fact they neglected to tell them when the balloons were purchased.
They brought home new balloons, but the resilience of maintaining height was just as disappointing. We had a room full of bobless balloons. The different heights made the room look like a forest of bobbing balls. All gently falling.
This didn’t deter the grands from enjoying them. They came up with new ways of playing that didn’t require floating.
There are many areas of life now that we’ve never had to confront before, things that need to be addressed and understood so we can make knowledgeable decisions.
We don’t have all the details.
Nor do we have any idea how others, those close to us, those in authority over us, will respond. The decisions we and others make often affect us in ways we don’t anticipate.
We can’t be prepared for every circumstance. There are no insurance policies available to cover the cost of mistakes or unexpected emotional responses. We can cover hurricanes, tornadoes, even floods. But there’s nothing available for restitution from despair and disappointment.
Inner pain needs to be addressed with inner peace and hope. Frustration and disappointment demand a sense of perspective and confidence that come from a viewpoint greater than our own. We easily get stuck in our heads and circumstances so we can’t see past our emotions.
God offers an alternative to frustration–faith. The conviction of things we can’t see based on a relationship with the One who is greater than our circumstances.
It’s easy to default to dismissal because of what we can’t see. Or imagine.
That’s why Jesus came, to show us what it’s like to live by faith, to trust the unseen One whose presence He experienced.
One of the disciples, Thomas, said he refused to believe Jesus was alive until he could put his finger in the nail holes of His hands. When he was given that chance, Jesus told everyone present that belief because you can see is not as potent as believing what you can’t see but know is true.
God gives us what we need to live in hope. He outlines that plan in the Bible.
Increased information leads to new choices.
Kind of like knowing the small balloons couldn’t hold much helium.