Now it was my time in ministry to serve last week and that meant I would be doing a teaching on this month of Elul and conveying these wonderful reminders to our children. The Lord was so good in His lesson plan for these youngsters. Just wait for it:
I really liked how this particular painting focuses on the contrasting light and dark areas of the piece. The Lord had me explain as the children drew their own rendition of "The Sower," that we are the painting. The upper half of the work is our sunniest parts of our walk with the Lord, the parts of us that glisten brightly already for the world to see. Things He has gifted us with to use for His glory. I had the children use that upper half of the page to list qualities in themselves that they found were strengths from Abba. Some of the children even had their qualities written as if they were the rays extending from their drawn sun. Hence, the things that THE SON helps them radiate each day. And then the field...the colors are darker hues of blue, and I explained to the children how these are our more difficult aspects of ourselves, like unforgiveness, or other areas we may need to work through with our wonderful King. This was the point in the art project that I reiterated that the King is in the field, and that He was ready to sow into each one of their hearts just like the sower in the field in Van Gogh's work. After they drew their fields, they took that same silver marker and wrote areas they wanted the Lord to help them sort through in their little hearts. One child was quite humble and wrote of his need for help with obedience and self control! It was marvelous for the children to start reflecting and identifying their own areas in their lives that need repentance. It was a really engaging lesson that helped them express their thoughts through a different medium than they were used to doing. And it can't hurt to give them a little bit of art appreciation and a lesson of drawing too, right?! Our God is so multifaceted! He can make lessons multi-level and fluid at the same time. It's amazing.
Furthermore, why did the Lord have me add silver marker to this project? Simple. Silver is the color of redemption. And when I explained that the Lord turns all things for good and causes them to shine, it only took me holding their pictures up to the light to convey that each sin they listed would be another aspect of their picture that would shine for Him. And that was good enough for them to know how much they are loved. I pray you all continue to explore those dark parts of your fields, and know that our King loves you so deeply He is willing to go there with you and sow into your heart beautiful seeds of love too. Have a happy preparation month of Elul everyone!