I love working with kids in our church. There are a lot of them, to be sure, and putting so many young, hyper, inquisitive miniature people in one room is usually recipe for exhaustion. But it is worth it.
I have been working in Jr. Church for the past two months and also preparing to start up the Awana and Cherub Choir year. I must admit, there are more than a few incorrigible boys (and girls) who I would absolutely love to hog tie or have a very large person sit on them for a while. Is it really impossible to be silent for two whole minutes???
But then, as I teach the Bible lesson about Elisha, I look to the back row to Mister G (as I shall call him). I look at him, sitting straight and silent. His eyes are wide as he listens about Elisha’s adventures with a fiery chariot and horses. I look at his attentive face and think when he was in my Cherub Choir as a three, four and five year old. I remember all those weeks of thinking, “I wish I could hog tie Mister G. He’s got to be one of the most rambunctious children ever. Why can’t he just sit still and listen?!”
Well, he is sitting still now; he is listening; he is learning; he is becoming a godly little man, just like many of those other boys someday will. As I separate Mister B from Mister R for the fifth time, I have hope, for Mister G has taught me a lesson.