Here is a fun game you can play with your children or your children’s church group. Try drawing a face on a clean sheet of paper while wearing a blindfold. The results will be fun for all to see. But even more fun is watching the children while they work.
Some will be meticulous,feeling the drawing with their fingers to decide the placement of eyes, nose, mouth and hair. These drawings may be good, thought they may still be a little distorted.
Others will use their imagination to picture the face in their mind, then drawing what they see there. They will have all the parts, but not necessarily in the right places. LOL!
In a variation of this game, I asked each individual in my class to draw a person or animal. The first person draws the head, adding as much or as little detail as they want. They fold the paper over what they have drawn, leaving just a little of the neck exposed,before passing their paper on to their neighbor. The next child must draw the body without looking at what the first child drew. They repeat the folding process, leaving the beginning of the legs exposed, then pass it on to a third child who finishes drawing the legs.
It’s fun for all to see the finished drawings because no one knows what the person before them drew. You may end up with an alien, wearing a diaper, walking around on cow hooves for legs.
These simple games are great illustrations for today’s verse. When we live our lives in spiritual darkness, we can’t see the whole picture of who we are or what we can be. Problems we face may seem distorted and seem bigger than they would if we saw them in God’s light.
Since we are social beings, we will interact with others. When spiritual darkness obscures our vision,, those interactions may be ill-fitting or even harmful to us or to those around us.
But when we walk in the light of God, there is no place to hide our faults and flaws. Once we see them, we can allow him to use his divine eraser to rub out those less than perfect areas of our lives and to redraw them according to his plan. In his light, we can see what is going on in the lives of others and can fellowship together in love and unity, rather than hurting and judging them.
Father, shine your light in my heart today! Amen.