The ultimate ‘Weeble Effect’

Tales from the front pew

Does anybody out there remember Weebles?

Dating back to the early ’70s, Weebles were little egg-shaped people with weighted bottoms that kept them from toppling over. The commercial slogan went something like this: “Weebles wobble, but they don’t fall down.” It was actually a pretty catchy tune, now that I think about it.

In fact, as I recall, there was a whole wobbling Weeble world, complete with Weeble houses, Weeble vehicles and even a Weeble treehouse. Not just any treehouse, mind you, but a musical one. Yep, Weebles were wonderful.

Another buoyant line of toys from back in my day — We needed something to keep us entertained while riding in those covered wagons — were the inflatable bounce-back toys.

Like Weebles, only considerably taller, they too had weighted bottoms that allowed them to pop right back up after a thorough “bopping” courtesy of childish hands. For some reason, I seem to remember that the majority of these bounce-back toys were clowns. As a former clown’s wife, I must admit that I find this a little disturbing.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the old bounce-back quality, in relation to people, that is, not Weebles.

What, exactly, is it that makes some folks get right back up again after being knocked down, while others allow setbacks to level them with the force of a EF3 tornado?

The Bible is full of stories about these bounce-backers, if you will.

Take King David, for example. He committed adultery with Bathsheba, arranged to have her husband killed in war, and suffered the loss of their son, as a result of this sin.

Sounds like some definite tornado territory to me, but David didn’t stay down for long. The Bible tells us he went on to become “a man after God’s own heart.” Talk about bouncing back.

Then we have Job, a man whose very name is synonymous with misery. After losing his children, his possessions and his health, the poor guy’s friends accused him of some hidden sin — now there’s an impressive support system — and his wife told him to “curse God and die.” (Just between you and me, I think she’d have made a lousy motivational speaker).

Job was knocked down, big time, but he didn’t stay that way. Refusing to doubt his God, he was restored and rewarded for his faithfulness.

Of course, the ultimate bouncing back story belongs to Jesus.

The King of Kings made Himself lowly, faced ridicule and rejection, and suffered an agonizing death by crucifixion to make a way for the lost. The story didn’t end there, though.

After three days, He rose from the grave and ascended into Heaven where we will join him one day.

Praise God!

What is it about some people that allows them to bounce back following adversity?

I think a major factor is faith in the Lord. Those of us who follow Jesus know that when we fall, He is faithful and more than able to set us back on our feet.

In fact, you might just call it the “Weeble Effect.”