A New Year’s Eve Reflection
Looking back on the past year, I am very grateful for a lot of things. One of them is this cup. I love it. Every time I have an opportunity to make myself a drink, whether a coffee, a tea or a herbal drink, this is the cup!
I love it for a couple of reasons. First, Sue, my wife gave it to me for Christmas. That makes it special enough. But, I also love the design – frogs dancing around.
It reminds me of a Looney Toons character, whom I only discovered while writing this blog actually has a name, Michigan J. Frog.
What is Michigan J. Frog’s Story?
If you are a Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck fan, chances are that as a kid you will have seen Michigan J. Frog perform. But, he is a one hit wonder, so you may not remember him.
His story starts when an unsuspecting construction worker happens to find a container on a deserted site. In it he finds Michigan. But, to the man’s great surprise, Michigan transforms into a Vaudevillian performer. Suddenly he dons a top hat and belts out a musical number, performing for his one-man audience.
The man immediately thinks that this is his way to make a fortune. So, for the next few scenes we see him bringing Michigan to various talent scouts and Broadway agents so they can see his rare and amazing talent.
There is only one problem. Every time the man opens the box, Michigan simply croaks like a frog. No top hat. No singing. No dancing.
Michigan only performs for the man!
Frustrated that his dream of fortune will not materialise, the man takes the box with Michigan in it and returns it to the construction site. The final scene is a futuristic one that shows another man finding the box and opening it. We don’t see what this future man sees, but as we pan out from the site, we hear Michigan’s tenor voice belting out a Vaudeville song.
We know that the story will repeat itself.
What is my Michigan J. Frog?
If you are like me, you may feel that 2020 has isolated you somewhat. There are things that only you can feel, which are invisible to others. An ancient proverbs seems to sum it up:
Each heart knows its own bitterness
And no one can share its joyProverbs 14:10
Only you know exactly what is going on for you in the depths of your heart. And sometimes, when you try to share it, just like Michigan J. Frog’s performance, others just can’t see it. That can seem cruel, like someone is having a joke on you. I can think of a few people who feel that way about their life in 2020.
Hope for 2021
This may sound trite, but our Looney Tunes cartoon might have a tiny bit of wisdom for us as we approach 2021. Don’t bury your Michigan J. Frog for someone else to find.
Coming back to the real world, I’m truly grateful for my cup, which is a small, but welcome benefit in my life.
I’m also hopeful that the difficulties I’ve faced over the past year have taught me some valuable lessons. My prayer is that you too may be able to find some blessing from your difficulties.
Every blessing for 2021, Gabriel
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