Winter Bubbles!

…Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

(Matthew 18:13, KJV)

With three kids in the house, we have many opportunities to be reminded of what it’s like to become like little children! And we have many opportunities to reflect upon what it means to have child-like faith, whether in unquestioning trust, optimistic hope, diligent obedience, the joyful desire to simply draw near…

But on this particular cold winter day, we had the opportunity to reflect upon what it was like to be like a little child receiving a wonderful gift from a loving Father! That kind of laugh-out-loud-gasp-of-delight-complete-surprise kind of gift that, somehow, a Father knows just how to give!

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

(James 1:17, KJV)

It’s the simple things, of course…A little summertime-fun translated into a little winter-time surprise. A discovery that, once made, quickly becomes a tradition, anticipated every year, with the same simple delight as the very first time. A child-like response, that warms my heart in the best sense of child-likeness, with gratitude for this simple gift and giggling joy in the One who gave it!

~ what are winter bubbles? ~

When the temperatures drop below freezing, and especially when they drop below 10 degrees, bubbles blown into the cold air will crystallize and freeze, in mid-air, continuing to float and sparkle until they strike a surface or some tiny change in the air movement shatters them.

You can actually stand there and watch the ice crystals suddenly blossoming over the surface of the bubbles as they float, like branching fern leaves engraving themselves upon the drifting globes.

Or, even better, catch one on your wand for a close-up view! As the bubbles freeze and the air inside cools, they often shrink, crystallizing and puckering into unique patterns every time. Expect many gleeful shouts of, “Look at this one!” as they freeze, followed by, “Aw, man!” as they pop.

Follow the bubbles to see which ones settle onto the snow! You never know who will pop and who will persevere, who will tumble into a hollow or who will perch delicately upon a snowy branch…

You can also use a straw to blow bubbles directly onto a surface, for a little added control, and watch them crystallize there!

I chase them everywhere with my camera while the kids shout a chorus of overlapping-and-meant-to-be-helpful directions. “Over here! Look at this one! Oh, here’s another! Mom, did you see this one? Mom? Mom? Mom?”

Frozen bubbles are even fun when they pop, shattering suddenly in little clouds of crystal dust!

Or sometimes, crinkling into funny little films, like sparkling bits of leftover shrink wrap.

And when that happens, Spencer discovered another really cool property of frozen bubbles…You can make them disappear! Now you see it, now you don’t!

It looks like movie magic, but this really is just what happens!

Winter bubbles are really a very simple thing. They don’t have to be so ridiculously fun and delightful. But, like a perfect Father, the Lord continues to inspire us to see joyful wonder in the very simplest of things. And, indeed, if we simply find the Lord to be delightful in every way, He will be certain that we continue to see His delightfulness in little things all around us every day!

Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

(Psalm 37:4, KJV)

by Sydney Michalski

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