Kindergarten Art

There’s something I’ve noticed about kindergarten drawings.  They are so primitive you can scarcely ever tell what they are supposed to be drawing, but if you watch them as they draw, you know why they are drawing it.  The feeling is almost their only focus.  They bother very little with details, because they assume everybody already knows the object, and they want to focus on how they feel about the object.

However, kindergarteners are not usually one bit offended if you have no idea what they drew.  They don’t see this as failure on their part, but rather pity you for being such an ignorant soul.  They will happily tell you what they drew.  The love they have for their picture can’t be easily undermined, because the picture represents the actual object that brings them joy.

Coming to faith in Jesus and then trying to explain it to others is like a kindergartener being taken up on a rocket ship to the moon and then trying to explain the experience to skeptics who don’t believe the moon exists.  The thrilled and very hyper babble would be dismissed as exaggerated, immature, incoherent.

New believers are like kindergarten artists.  The feeling of forgiveness is so powerful, happens so fast and is so exhilarating, their hand is shaking as they try painting their experience for others to see.  The way they live out their new faith can be sloppy and very inconsistent.  But the happiness they feel about their conversion is so huge, they almost don’t care what people say about them!  They just want everyone to experience the love of Christ for themselves.

These new converts can look like they’re based in emotion and can seem ignorant.  They can’t usually explain much of what they believe, and they appeal to feelings to try to get others to understand.  They want to sing loud rock songs to God and they want to dance and mountain climb for Him.  But there’s nothing bad about this.  The world rips Christianity apart for these kind of believers, but any teacher worth her salt wouldn’t rip a kindergartener apart for drawing a purple blob with a smiley face and ears and calling it a panda bear.  Just like artists, mathematicians, and chefs have to start somewhere, so do new Christians!

There’s nothing bad about this stage.  But we don’t want to stay in kindergarten forever.  We want to move on, without forgetting what we learned in kindergarten.

My faith might have graduated from kindergarten, but I hope my love for God wasn’t left there.  The Lord Jesus gives this serious warning in Revelation:

You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first.  If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. (Revelation 2:3-5, NIV)

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  1. May we never loose the wonder of discovery. His mercies are ‘new every morning’ -even for those of us who have known Him for a long time. Graeme


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