Our fourth week of school included studying the letter L and leaves and trees. Our curriculum had us start the week by looking at a tree and all of it's beautiful leaves and talking a bit about how the roots get water from the ground that feed the leaves. Then I was supposed to choose a leaf and tell the kids that leaf didn't want the tree to be its boss anymore; that it wanted to be its own boss and go where it wanted to go instead of staying on the tree. Then I picked it off the tree and brought it inside with us.
Over the week, we watched the leaf shrivel and dry up because it wasn't living and growing on the tree anymore. We observed the leaves that were still on the tree and how they were still nice and green. And we talked a lot about how just like the leaf gets its water from the tree. That we get water from Jesus when we live and grow in Him. We talked about how we can live and grow in Jesus by talking to Him, reading the Bible and learning to obey Him. And we talked about how some people decide they want to be their own boss instead of living and growing in Jesus and how their lives are just like that leaf- without the water they need to continue to live and grow.
Again this concept seemed to me to be beyond what I thought Diego could really understand... even with all the great visual illustrations. But last week, I had a rather lousy night at work. Many of the kids I work with in our Wednesday night ministry are from... how shall I say it? Well, most of them live in great poverty and are not typically church goers and many of them come from broken homes without shining examples in their lives to look up to. One of the younger boys in our program decided to get himself into a great amount of trouble which meant I had to discipline him. *Sigh.* I told him because of his behavior he would have to miss a night of Wednesday programming because he needed to learn to listen to and obey his teachers and that he would not be able to have a tootsie roll (our regular prize to kids who keep their seat belts on the whole way home). As he left the vehicle, he ended up punching the door and calling me some choice words.
Anyway, when I got home, Diego was still awake in his bed and I went in say goodnight and ask for some extra hugs (which I needed that night). We talked a bit about why I was sad and then he said, "Mami, I think that boy is just like that leaf and wants to be his own boss. He needs to let Jesus be his boss." From the mouths of babes... my goodness, of course! We ended up praying for the little guy to make Jesus his boss and I said goodnight. Thank you, God, for Diego's insight and understanding! Thank you, God, for helping remind me of the reason I do this job that takes me away from my own kids one night a week! Thank you, God, for allowing me the resources to train my kids up in You!
Hope you all have a great weekend living and growing in Jesus!