Last month while I was on a retreat in Pennsylvania, near the Amish Country, with my husband, Jahi M., I came across an item that caught my eye. It was an old wine bottle that was recycled into a decorative centerpiece. That old bottle was transformed from both the inside and the outside.
First, it was the outer appearances that I was attracted to. Its red color, the painted flowers, the burlap bow, and especially the three words that were silk screened on it. As you can see, from the above photo, the three words are Thankful, Grateful and Blessed.
Second, as I got closer, I noticed a tab hanging from the burlap bow that had a button on it, and just above the button it read “TRY ME”. So, I press the button, and to my surprise, the bottle had lights on the inside. When you turn on the light switch it not only glows on the inside, but it illuminates the outside as well.
Finally, I turn the bottle upside down and discovered an on and off switch plus a timer on it. If the LED timer switch is turned on, it will come on everyday at that set time and stay on for six hours before it automatically turns itself off.
I am so happy and so amaze to have come across an ordinary empty wine bottle that is now a beautiful filled decorative bottle that can be turned on to illuminate light that glows on the inside and reflect that beauty on the outside.
Doesn’t it remind you of the human spirit? You see, when we recognize that we have a divine light shining inside of us, our true beauty is reflected on the outside as well. But this can only occur if the switch is on. Our switches can easily be turned on by giving thanks, showing gratitude, and knowing how blessed we truly are.
What are some of the ways you can give thanks right now? How can you show some gratitude right now? Why should you know how blessed you are right now?
To jump start, or turn on your own light switch open my book, Yes Speak To Our Hearts, Holy Spirit- Through Our Daily Practice of Listening, Recognizing, and Using Your Unlimited Gifts and Power to the following pages to read:
Thankful (15), Goodness (68), and Blessings (78).
Let your life shine through and through!