My brother and sister-in-law recently visited from their current home in China, and they came bearing gifts. Meet my new Flip Flap:
This little solar-powered flower dances back-and-forth in my kitchen window. I tried putting it on my car dash, as is the Chinese custom, but it just rolled around as I turned corners. After hearing stories of Chinese drivers, I’m curious how they keep theirs in place?
Anyway, sometimes it scares me for a second, as I see it moving out of the corner of my eye and wonder what’s in my kitchen. But, mostly I’ve been surprised at the inspiration this little plastic flower has provided.
It’s always dancing.
Even on overcast days, it captures enough light to have the energy to dance.
I don’t think I live that way. I tend to have a bad day and use it as an excuse to be grouchy or lazy or just anti-social.
The truth is I am alive!
I have a God who loves me no matter what! (Romans 8:28-29)
I have an amazing husband, awesome kids and a fabulous family!
I am blessed!
I could go on, but you get the idea. When I focus on the blessings, I am thankful and can rejoice. It just takes a little bit of light to make my flower dance, why don’t I focus on The Light and take some time to dance before Him? (Psalm 27:1; 2 Corinthians 4)
Now, my dancing flower does not dance in complete darkness, and I’m not here to suggest we can always just be happy. There are times in life when it’s very dark. I don’t believe God wants a mechanical response that isn’t heartfelt. He is OK when we are not — just read some of Psalms — we are supposed to grieve. If you are dealing with a tragic situation, this dancing flower analogy is not for you.
But, if you are like me, and sometimes focus on little frustrations instead of huge blessings, remember my Flip Flap.
Who knew I could learn so much from a piece of plastic?