I decided to boil an egg the other day. I don’t often boil an egg for my breakfast. Well, ok… I can’t even remember when I last boiled an egg at all! We’ve lived almost two years now at our current home and I know for sure I’ve never boiled an egg on these burners. Musta been some time before 2015 since I last put a pot to the hot for a three minute rumble and a cold water rinse.
So I was cautious indeed as the angry water reached its full rage. I knew how the loose lid could rattle and the stovetop could sizzle if the scorching inferno were to erupt! I caught it in time this fortunate morning; I removed the pot from the heat before it reached that critical climax. The egg and I cooled and the deed was done.
The egg was delicious, but I remembered why I chose a boiled egg breakfast so rarely: it was a tad too stressful a start to my day. Far simpler was a wedge of cheese, or some dollops of yogurt…. and these came with the perk of no post-meal pot to polish.
Of course I can’t blame the water for boiling.
When water is at room temperature its tightly packed molecules slip past each other with relative ease, but as water is heated the increased kinetic energy causes these molecules to move faster, vibrating and passing each other more furiously. As this motion becomes increasingly intense it soon overpowers the forces of attraction between the molecules and they begin to break loose and become a gas. Eventually this activity begins to launch hot water particles right out of the pot! If they land on the heated element below they sizzle as they too become gas.
It’s basic molecular science. What’s inside bubbles over when excited!
Last week I shared with you how Love can be viewed as the principal fruit of the Spirit. All others can be seen as Love doing things… love in action. Joy, I shared, is love bubbling over.
This ‘joy fruit’ of the Holy Spirit is born from His residence within the believer, as Jesus promised, “…the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14)
Jesus said, “…the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil.” (Matt. 12:34b-35, NASB)
Does joy bubble out from you when the heat is on?
What fills your heart?
To hear Pastor Steve’s complete message, go to the Lincoln Baptist Church website, click on ‘Media’ and select the May 5th message.