Once again, I’ve purchased a solar-powered dancing flower. I really love these things, and they make great souvenirs. Every time I see it dancing in the sunlight, I picture it in the window on vacation! (I couldn’t resist capturing my roses in the photo as well. They may not dance, but they sure are beautiful!! The gift that keeps on giving! Thanks, kids!)
The sun has been hit and miss for the past few weeks, and I’ve noticed something else about my flower. When it’s cloudy, it will still dance like crazy, but if I move it, and the sunlight is waning, it has a hard time starting up again. It’s as though it has enough power to keep moving if it’s in motion, but not enough to start going again! I’m sure one of Newton’s Laws of Motion also has something to do with it.
But the lesson for me was this: I will only get so far in my own strength.
When I stray from the Lord, i.e.—start missing church services, lose the habit of personal Bible devotions—it won’t be long before I’m stymied. I may be able to “put on a good front” by keeping in motion for a while, but when the trial hits my path, I’m done, and I can’t get up… alone!
Who do we think we’re kidding? What strength do we have of our own when it comes to battling our enemies: the world, our flesh, and the devil? If we don’t stay in the Son, we’ll never be able to “dance in the Son.” What a joy to see that little flower just going crazy! It makes me laugh, and it reminds me of how I want to be!!! It’s as though it’s saying, “Hey! Look at me! Isn’t this fun? I’m all fired up because my tank is full. I’ve been in the sun!”
Fanny Crosby put it this way:
I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice,
And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith
And be closer drawn to Thee.
Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
To the cross where Thou hast died;
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
To Thy precious, bleeding side.
Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord,
By the pow’r of grace divine;
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,
And my will be lost in Thine.
Oh, the pure delight of a single hour
That before Thy throne I spend,
When I kneel in prayer, and with Thee, my God
I commune as friend with friend!
There are depths of love that I cannot know
Till I cross the narrow sea;
There are heights of joy that I may not reach
Till I rest in peace with Thee.
Jesus put it this way:
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you… James 4:8