Young Again

Matthew 19:14 (NIV)
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

I am going to be 53 next Saturday. I was a kid once upon a time ago. But sometimes it is hard to remember that I used to play war with the boys on the block. I liked this game because I got to use my doctor kit and patch up the wounded soldiers. It quit being fun when they made me be the bloody nurse so they could patch me up. My doctor kit was really cool…complete with a pill bottle full of m&m’s! I also sat on the curb with the same boys and ate gravel out of the gutter. Then we started kindergarten and they figured out I was a girl, they quit being my friend and I had to play with the girls. I loved dolls so this wasn’t really a hardship. The Boys and Girls all gathered and played kickball in the street on summer evenings. We varied our evening games with TV tag or Freeze tag along with the classic hide and go seek. I joined in it all and had a blast! That was before PE skills tests taught me I was a klutz.

Ever since, I have felt like a gangle of legs and arms that don’t quite know what they are doing or where they are supposed to be. So going downtown to “play” outside with the Open Door kids had me a little intimidated! The wonderful Women of Wednesday joined by Ron & Nick Mitchell volunteered for the first parent meeting of the year for the Open Door Program. The weather was gorgeous so our back up plan of Bingo was set aside for outdoor play! The kids and adults scattered in all the chaos of fun you find on a school playground. I was handed the bag of sidewalk chalk and felt a wave of relief…I can do chalk! At first only one little girl named “Miss Audacity” wanted to draw and soon more came along, by the end I was taking requests on what to draw. “Stephanie” asked if I was one of the God’s Grace people. When I said yes, she replied: “That’s good, I like God’s Grace!”

I went to serve in-spite of my trepidations and fears of awkwardness. God found a way to use my gifts and I had fun playing again at the ripe old age of 52 going on 53! If you have heard God’s call asking you to come and serve with the Open Door kids and were afraid that you forgot how to play…not to worry! God delights in your willing heart and will teach you how to play again while you serve his children of all ages!

Abba, thank you for the reminder that all I need is a willing heart to serve and play with your children. Thank-you for the chalk and the childlike wonder of drawing on the sidewalk with my little brothers and sisters in Christ!

Julie Weldon

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Lois wrote:
You Truly Have An Artists Free Spirit. What Fun!

Fri, September 24, 2010 @ 3:14 PM

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