Follow the Bubble When You Are in Trouble

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“Follow the Bubble When You Are in Trouble.”

That’s the questionable advice I received 36 years ago. My novice dive partner and I were strapping on our scuba gear for our first ocean dive in the Gulf of Galveston, Texas, when the dive master gave us these last instructions.

Kevin, my partner, and I were 15 years old. We felt quite prepared to explore a sunken ship in the Gulf along with 3 other diving pairs.

We held hands (quite happily – as instructed). With the other hand we nudged each other to point out various plants, fish, and barnacle groupings growing on the submerged, shadow-swallowed ship.

It got dark – fast! The further into the ship we went, the harder it was to see the fauna, fish, or people. But Kevin and I managed to safely squeeze past the weird,sharp, broken architecture of the ship into its belly. We were the sole occupants of this skeletal space.

All too soon our dive watches beeped. They alerted us that it was time to end our underwater sightseeing tour.  It was then we were also alerted to our predicament: We didn’t know the way out.

We had three problems.
  1. It was dark and our perception of up and down was distorted.
  2. Kevin and I had different ideas of which way to go. He pulled one way and I pulled the other.
  3. We couldn’t see any other members of the dive club. We were on our own.

Panic filled my stomach and thoughts of dying filled my head.

Then I remembered the questionable advice, “Follow the Bubble When You Are in Trouble.”

I gestured toward the bubbles streaming away from our dive masks. Kevin immediately understood what I meant. We both stopped struggling.

We watched and followed the path the bubbles made. Soon this path led us out of the interior of our temporary jail and led us into the light and welcoming air.

As long as Kevin and I trusted our own thoughts, we stayed lost. There was a way that seemed right, but it wasn’t. When Kevin and I trusted this advice that didn’t initially make sense, we were able to find the right path to safety.

This reminds me of Proverbs 3:5-6. These verses tell us to seek and trust the Lord and to depend on His advice even if we don’t initially understand why.

So, trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek God’s will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.

Are you in trouble or in need of direction? Are you confused, following this bit of advice and then that bit, getting no where? Are you struggling to find safety and freedom from your “jail”?

Then “Follow the Bubble.” God’s Word, His character, etc* will show you the right path to take to “freedom.”

*Related Posts: Go to these links to read . . .



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