Drawings of Spring
I read that spring is optimism personified. If this is true, I would
say faith is staring at winter fearless and hopeful. Faith has dark
and cloudy days and flowerless landscapes but it feels the hope and
the reward of perseverance.
I have today, on the board behind my computer monitor, a picture
titled ‘Spring Daffodils’. Green leaves on a blue background with one
pink and one dark blue flower. It wouldn’t win any awards but today I
would rather have this crayon drawing than any Rembrandt. It was a
gift to me from two girls on my bus route and when I no longer have
the picture I will still cherish the memory of receiving it.
I have not had a beautiful spring day. It was a “one foot in front of
the other” day. Small conflicts and minor disappointments and a
chilly-breezy day left me less than inspired. The kind of day that
would never be remembered except for this one little kindness.
We are told we must come to God as a child; innocence of a child and
faith of a child; trusting as a child. Today reminded me that
sometimes God comes to us as a child. When we are at our worst God
takes the form of innocence and vulnerability and hands you a flower
picture and softens your heart.
I watched a video about a police sketch artist who took a group of
early/middle-aged people he had never seen and asked them to describe
themselves while hidden from his view. He sketched them as they saw
Each person in the group then met someone else in the group and was
later asked to describe that person to the sketch artist as he made
another drawing based on their description.
Each person was permitted to see the two sketches of themselves. Many
got tears in their eyes because the picture of how others saw them was
much more beautiful than how they saw themselves.
How do you see yourself? Do you look at yourself every day and keep
putting yourself in this box of second rate goods? Do you slander the
Creator declaring yourself flawed or simply generic humanity? Or do
you avoid looking at your reflection because what you see in the
mirror somehow diminishes what you are?
Here is the question…Is it possible to walk closely with God and like
the way you look? I think it is not only possible I think it is
imperative. How can you say you trust and rely totally on God and
look in the mirror and not like what you have been given? The
scriptures say to love your neighbor as you love yourself. If you are
critical of your own appearance you will most likely think critically
of your neighbor’s appearance.
In the video, the sketch most people got from their own description
was far less happy and warm than the one that came from the
description of others. I think when we look into the face of others,
we see, not so much who they are but who they love. People who truly
love their neighbor as themselves are a blessing to be around because
they remind us we are lovable…God has truly made you lovable so walk
closely with God and light up the place!
My face in the mirror is not better nor worse than any other face in
the mirror, but it’s mine and it smiles back at me. Sometimes my face
is filled with springtime optimism and other times it is wintery and
it is then it finds hope in the drawings of a child.