Our first grade teacher came into the Pre-K room this morning and gave me and Mrs. Sloan this picture.
I looked at it for a few seconds, hoping Jesus had been a good boy in class yesterday and that He hadn’t received a time out from me or anything like that. It wouldn’t bode well for me to have sat our Savior in the corner.
Even though my first thought of this picture was that it was a wee bit corny, mid-way through our coloring of the letter “B” (B, B, B, B is for bear) I noticed Jesus sitting in one of the tiny, little yellow chairs. I felt the need to apologize to him for hurrying the child sitting at His table. “Sorry, Jesus,” I said. And I wasn’t being silly. I was serious.
I kept seeing Him all morning long. He sat in another little yellow chair next to me while I was painting with the kids. He laughed at me as I sat squished into one of those blasted chairs (that seem to be getting lower and lower every year) as I tried keeping the paint schmutz off of me. Even though I have a really cool apron now I still get Pre-K schmutz on me. He reminded me they were having a great time creating, learning and experiencing yellow, brown and orange (three colors that did not match my outfit) and to lighten up already.
I’m going to keep a copy of that picture with me in the classroom and picture Him sitting in the front row. Not as that “All Seeing Eye Watching You,” but as a gentle reminder of how much He loves these little ones under my care.