I have been privileged over the last 3 weeks to take a years 5 & 6 scripture class at a local primary school. The guy who normally takes this class has gone on a 3 month sabbatical, and asked me to fill in for him. In the first week I shared from Psalm 116:1-2
I love the Lord, for the Lord heard my voice. Because he inclined his ear to me, I will love the Lord all my life.
In that lesson I asked the students 4 questions.
- How do you feel when you are listened to.
- How do you feel when your not listened to.
- How do you feel about those who don’t listen to you.
- How do you feel about those who do listen to you.
And from there I shared about the God who listens.
In the second week (last week) we looked at the story of the blind man who cried out to Jesus to heal him, where the crowd told him to hush..yet he yelled out even more loudly. In in that session we discussed what would it feel like to be blind. What would that do to your self esteem and confidence. Would you feel invisible because everything else was invisible to you. And we shared about what would it be like to be healed and be able to suddenly see.
This afternoon when I was walking through the playground a number of students came up to me and said Hey, we will see you at 12:45pm..and of they ran.
During the class, I shared about Zacchaeus and likened him to the school bully, who would take your lunch money, or flush your head in the toilet. We spoke about how he was a short bloke, and climbed a tree so he could see Jesus. And again we discussed how would we feel when Jesus not only noticed him in the tree, he also told him he was going to his house for dinner.
Now this class is large with over 50 kids in it. It’s noisy and often the lesson is interrupted by the teachers telling the class to be quiet. But an amazing thing happened when we spoke about how often we pretend to be who we are not, so that we can fit in to the crowd, or so we might be accepted by others, or even accept our selves… You could have heard a pin drop for a number of minutes after I told the students that God totally accepts us as we are and we don’t have to pretend to be someone different.
And in that time and space, it seemed as if Gods presence filled that room as he met with us and together, both students and teachers reflected on the God who accepts us.