I wrote this originally for Candid Slice but thought it is a great story for this day and age.
Last week I bought a solar energy powered sunflower to place on my car’s dashboard. It reminded me of the one I had last year. I remembered how seeing it dance as the sun charged its battery made me smile. So it seemed at that moment to be a good thing to do.
The next weekend while in Greenville, South Carolina, I visited my friend, Renee’ and her four year old son. We enjoyed shopping together and sharing lunch. As we prepared to part ways, her son buckled himself into his seat. I suddenly had an idea. Maybe her four year-old son might like the sunflower.
Unsure of his interest in such a present I asked Renee’ if she thought he would like it. She smiled and told me how the cute fellow had wanted one just like it the other day but for whatever reason they had not purchased it. So I happily gave the flower to her to give to her child. As they drove off I saw a little face smiling from the window at me and a hand waving goodbye. I felt very happy that I had given him the dancing flower.
Monday, on the way home, I visited my cousin, Connie and her husband in their home near Charlotte. As I was leaving she said, “Wait a minute, I have a little something for you.”
When she came back she handed me a solar energy sunflower, but not just any solar energy flower. It was exactly like the one I had given to my friend’s son!
What we do comes back to us in some way or other. Call it Karma or call it the consequences of our actions. Or to use a more common expression, “What goes around, comes around.”
But I like this version better: “Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days,” Ecclesiastes 11:1. Perhaps a better understanding of this verse comes from New Living Bible Translation (©2007): “Send your grain across the seas, and in time, profits will flow back to you.”
My “bread” did come back to me, but doubly so. I gave something to someone out of love and someone else gave it back to me out of love. So I gave and received a gift and love. All of this was bound together with the joy of sharing something with someone who had wanted it.
The truest and best gifts are the gifts given freely and without expectation of a reward or return.