Dancing tulips

March 4, 2011

Sometimes tulips stand in long straight rows, all pointing in exactly the same direction, as if they had been photographed  in a stadium wave, and they never left their pose.  I like them this way, they look the same from almost every angle.  But…

In contrast, the tulips in the vase on our table are dancing.  A dozen stems gracefully twisting and turning in a dozen different directions.  They seem to flow, even though they aren’t moving.  Well, except as the earth hurdles through the universe at thousands of miles per hour; relatively speaking, they are still.   Posing for a still life.

One morning we woke up and found that someone had taken a bite out of one of the tulips.  The next day there was another bite mark.  We discovered that Lily was eating the tulips.   Apparently she thinks her flower name give her permission to eat them.  I don’t know why she doesn’t dance with them instead.  Perhaps it’s because she is self conscious about her weight.

We have a choice in life; we can stand straight and tall, pointing the same direction as every other tulip in the garden, we can take a bite out of beautiful things, or we can dance.  I think there was a country song with a similar title a few years ago and I think the sentiment is right.  We were designed to move and bend, to flow as it were through life, on a grand dance with our creator.  But sometime we get so busy trying to do the right thing, or say the right thing, or wear the right thing, by the time we make it to the party, the dancing is done.

Now not for a moment am I suggesting that we skip trying to make the wise choice and to live lives pleasing to God. But I think most of us spend way to much time worrying about what other people think about us.  And the real truth is other people are not thinking about you; sorry to burst your bubble.  OK maybe there is that one person with a crush, but everybody else is not thinking about you.  How do I know this?  Because they are thinking about themselves.

So, what is this little ramble really about?  I’ll go back to my backup verse.  Don’t spent too much time worrying about what people think.  Be concerned with what God thinks, and your significant other. “Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with you God.”  Live well, and dance like a  tulip, follow the sun wherever it takes you, and follow the Son wherever He takes you.


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