Did you ever play with a Weeble?
When Weebles first appeared on the market in the early ’70s, they looked like this:
Short, fat, scary molded faces with holes for eyes, some were enough to frighten any child. Pretty scary, huh?
If you don’t know what Weebles are, they are plastic egg-shaped toys with a weight in the bottom. If tipped over, gravitational force brings the Weeble back into an upright position, and they then wobble briefly before coming to a standstill.
All sorts of accessories emerged throughout the years, such as a town center, school, vegetable stand, wagon, camper, tree house, bus, boat, racers, home, playground, fire truck, police van, airplane, submarine, dairy truck, picnic set, train, swimming pool, and numerous others.
Disney jumped in and produced themed Weeble sets, like the Magic Kingdom set, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse set, Winnie the Pooh treehouse, cottage, and circus, plus the actual Disney characters Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy (in two forms), Pooh, Tigger, and Christopher Robin.
A variety of other sets were manufactured, including a pirate set, wild west ranch set, and holiday sets. Whatever you can think of, it was probably made into a Weeble or a set! Even many of the Sesame Street characters, like Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and Bert and Ernie were made.
Then, in 1978, a new Weeble was born…the Tumblin’ Weebles. Instead of having a fixed weight at the bottom, they had a free weight. If tipped, the weight moved up into their head and they rolled around like a jumping bean.
I thought about these fun toys the other day, and I said to the Lord, ‟Lord, I wanna be a Weeble ’cause Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down. I don’t want to have to say, ‛I’ve fallen and I can’t get up’ like a Tumblin’ Weeble that just keeps rolling around on the ground. I want Your Spirit to be that weight within me to keep me steady, balancing my spirit when the punches of life try to knock me down. Lord, keep me in that upright position.”
When life throws punches at you, what happens to you?
Paul said, ‟…fully believe the Truth, standing in it steadfast and firm, strong in the Lord, convinced of the Good News that Jesus died for you, and never shifting from trusting Him to save you.” (Col. 1:23a TLB)
I wanna be a Weeble! Which do you want to be: a Weeble or a Tumblin’ Weeble?
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