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Balloons and Pressure

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 “We are pressed on every side by troubles,
but we are not crushed.”

2 Corinthians 4:8

Balloons—they delight you no matter what age you are, young or old. You can add them to a birthday bouquet, hang them on your mailbox announcing a special other event, or even have them “hanging” around a room celebrating a milestone anniversary or birthday.

I recall some years ago encountering a delightful Franch family while riding the subway in Paris, France. The youngest little boy was holding tightly to a balloon.  Since the only seats available for the family were across from where I sat and a seat next to me, he sat next to me holding a balloon. He was excited to show it to me and proudly proclaimed “ba-looon, ba-looon”. I nodded ‘yes, balloon’, but I was lost when he rattled off something else in French. I looked at his parents and shrugged my shoulders and said “no français, just English.” The cute little French boy continued proclaiming “ba-looon, ba-looon”.

I believe the balloon can teach us something important in our spiritual walk. The most common type balloon is made of rubber so it stretches and gives. Until the balloon has air (or gas) pushed into it, it’s just a floppy piece of shaped and colored rubber with a small ballons not blown upopening.  Michael Faraday is credited with discovering the balloon in 1824 and conducted numerous experiments to understand that when gases (or regular air) compressed inside the balloon, it expanded due to the amount of air pressure (air molecules) colliding against the sides of the balloon. Thus, a balloon filled with potential energy, stretches and expands beyond its original size and shape. 

Now let’s think of our lives as the balloon. We’re ready to be filled up inside and hopefully are daily with God’s Word and His life IN us. The enemy comes with pressure from outside situations or circumstances, all the while endeavoring to deflate youlet the air out of your balloon.

Look at the elasticity that balloons have. Look at the spiritual elasticity you’ve been given—power over all the works of the enemy. He comes to steal, kill, and destroy. He wants to steal your joy, kill your dreams, destroy and defeat you so you aren’t conquering him. But you, like Paul, may be pressed on every side with pressure to let go of your faith, lose heart in your walk, or give up but you will soar.baloons blown up

The balloon’s elasticity enables it to return to its original shape and continues to be useable. You don’t have to let the pressures deflate you. You are resilient in the power and strength of the Lord. The Greater One lives in you, and that means with God you ARE the majority, and you can soar higher than any natural balloon.

A balloon, by its very nature, is meant to resist pressure
and still be something amazing. 
— Charlene Elder