What an amazing day it was painting with all the 4th graders at Coleytown Elementary School for their Diversity Day!
The children all got to take off their shoes to paint with their toes, learning to pick up the brush with their toes and paint unassisted. Then an extraordinary team of volunteer mothers washed each child’s feet with baby wipes – just like a modern take on Jesus washing his disciples’ feet. It was a very humbling experience to witness.
Once all the children had their turn, they all gathered around me as they watched me use my toes to complete the art. As the glitter descended like angel dust onto the canvas, one hundred 4th graders, teachers, paras, specials teachers and volunteers were completely encapsulated and inspired (you could’ve heard a pin drop!) and the chaos and mess of imperfect brushstrokes on the canvas quickly transformed into a beautiful masterpiece.
What goes on in our lives is like the imperfect brushstrokes that were applied onto the canvas by the children. It was easy to lose control of the paintbrush and drop it onto the canvas, but this did not stop them from trying to pick up the paintbrush again – and sometimes with a little help. Even though it seemed more difficult to pick up the brush again (due to the slipperiness of the paint), the children did not give up persevering, but more importantly, they continued with joy.
This is an important lesson for us. At times, life will throw mess into our lives, leaving us to feel helpless and out of control. However, we will always have a helper who helps us get through those times. We all have different gifts to help each other and to serve one another and to do good works – these are the ways light shines and brings out the goodness. And through it all, there is a master creator who is at work to ultimately transform our mess and imperfections into a beautiful masterpiece.Thank you for the opportunity to paint with your little toes Coleytown Elementary School!
1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (NIV)
“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.”