I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t love bubbles.
The fascination begins in childhood and never leaves.
Regardless of our age, most of us love bubbles at bath time,
having our nose tickled as we drink something carbonated,
practicing blowing bubbles with chewing gum, and even
making shapes with soapy dishwater in the kitchen sink.
Many of us are also eternally curious about blowing into a
straw to see what bubbles we can make in our drink—just
for the sheer joy of it!
You are likely familiar with those small plastic bottles
of soapy water that come equipped with a plastic ring at
the end of a wand. You dip the wand into the container,
carefully pull it out, get your lips as close as possible, and
gently blow into the soapy film. Then you playfully chase
after those mystical, magical, twinkling orbs. It is a skill to
master: dip, gently blow, chase, repeat.
Bubbles are fragile. They’re basically air wrapped in soap
film, sharing a basic shape but differing in size. Each is
unique, shimmering, colorful, and reflecting the beautiful
world around us on its surface. If you look deeper, you
discover that the outside and inside surfaces are made of
soap, with a thin layer of water between these two surfaces.
Think of the bubble as a water sandwich; the atoms of soap
are the bread, which you need to hold the bubble together.
Eventually though, bubbles disappear. They all pop sooner
or later because the water in that middle layer evaporates.
So what do bubbles have to do with faith? Well, life can be
fragile, too, and I think faith is like the water. The element
of water is a symbol of life because it adapts and conforms
to its environment, taking the path of least resistance. Water
demonstrates the power of such presence as it is easily able
to transform itself from liquid to vapor to solid, modeling
the value of embracing change—and so it is with faith.
Even before we can speak, our faith is being formed
through the world around us. Just like bubbles, our faith
is fashioned by awe and wonder, through playtime as well
as everyday experiences, and always because of our simple
curiosity with life. As we grow up, we become more focused
on how faith is defined, how it evolves, and how we use it to
create meaning in our lives.
Yet at times, faith seems like it’s evaporating before our
eyes in moments of suffering and challenge. Our faith may
seem elusive, carried away by the wind, as easily as bubbles
can be. However, while the bubble may be vulnerable, the
water inside it is vital and life-giving. We humans are largely
made of water. We are also made of faith. Our faith helps
hold us together, even if we forget or doubt it. Remember,
when the water evaporates and the bubble pops, the water
still exists, just in a different form.
So it is with our faith journey, which evolves and changes.
Like water, faith is a universal solvent—it has the power to
dissolve blocks and to express our healing and wholeness.
Perhaps adding bubble-blowing to your spiritual practice
will help you remember that doubt is a part of faith. Allow
yourself to glimmer and gleam the way bubbles do as you
move through life.
Reflections and ruminations from respected Unity reverends
EVEN BEFORE WE CAN
SPEAK, OUR FAITH IS
BEING FORMED THROUGH
THE WORLD AROUND US.
REV. KELLY ISOLA IS AN ORGANIZATIONAL
CONSULTANT, A TEACHER, AND THE
COAUTHOR OF WHO HAVE YOU COME HERE
TOBE? (THE Q EFFECT PUBLICATIONS,