- Published: Friday, 06 July 2018 05:40
- Written by Bethany Looyenga
The Holy Spirit put steel in your convictions.
1 Thessolians 1:5
Recently, I visited the zoo with my family. Near the end of our zoo trek, I stopped to take a closer look at the flamingos. I've been to the zoo many times, but I've never actually taken the time to just watch the flamingos. As I gazed at these elegant birds one of the first things I noticed was their legs. They look like rebar with big pink knee pads on them! Rebar is steel that is often used to add strength to concrete. Now, eventhough flamingos are not a heavy bird, they only weigh between 4-8 pounds, their legs are a picture of steel.
So, I did a little research on flamingos. First of all, back in 1957, the plastic flamingo was introduced and started to show up in front yards. For years I remember driving through neighborhoods and being intrigued as well as joking about the plastic flamingos. Now, they are retro, and they've started popping up again.
Another interesting fact about flamingos, is they are only pink because of what they eat. They love shrimp! They also love each other, and they stay in flocks of sometimes hundreds. They like to talk to each other. They are individual enough to come up with their own version of the mating dance. Mates share the responsibility of laying on their egg and feeding their baby.
So now, maybe you know a little more about flamingos! My fascination was their rebar legs, which has made me consider the strength of my own legs, and my own convictions--are they as strong as steel? And, what about yours? When the pressure is on, do you waver, or are you able to stand strong with the convictions the Spirit has given you?
Also, I have asked myself about my color. Just like the flamingo who is born white or grey but turns pink due to it's food intake, I have pondered my intake and how it shows on the outside. Are my convictions firm enough to reflect my color?
And then, last but not least, do I dance with my community? How do you reflect your individuality in your community? Are you standing strong and sharing equally, or taking on too much?
So, now I want a plastic pink flamingo in my yard!