By Richard Innes
Vern Trent tells about a scuba diver who said that when you are in deep water, you are encircled by light, so there is no way you can tell which way is up because the water diffuses the light. You are also totally weightless, so you have no sense of gravity. The only way you can tell which way is out is to go the direction the bubbles are going.
Surrounded in an aura of light and weightlessness, it is very easy to lose all sense of direction and get disoriented. You may sense that this way is up even though your air bubbles are going sideways. You may be so convinced that your perception is true that you decide to ignore your bubbles and go the way you think is up.
One of the first things we were told when learning to scuba dive, Trent said, was to always trust your bubbles – to always follow your bubbles. No matter how you feel, no matter what you think, your bubbles are always right.
Life can be like that at times too. If we base the rules of life on our feelings, perception or what we think, we can be very easily led astray.
The philosophy, 'if it feels good it must be right,' is a dangerous guide to follow because our feelings can play all sorts of tricks on us. If something is wrong, it is wrong regardless of how we feel or what we think. True, it is important that we don't deny or repress our feelings, because we can learn to trust them; but what we can't always trust is our interpretation of them.
The only safe guide to follow when it comes to the rules of life is to trust God and His Word, the Bible. Therein lie the 'bubbles of life' to follow. These 'bubbles' are always right. Always!
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11
This article first appeared in ACTS International Encounter magazine. Used with kind permission.