Many years ago, I always worked in the summer VBS program. Back in the day when it was during the morning hours before so many switched to nights. I was, in many ways both exciting and frustrating.
One year with the third grade class I was leading, there was a young boy named Billy. Each day I would read this story about a family of snails. Mama snail told him not to go in the garden without her has he did not yet know what he should and should not eat. Little snail became ill.
I was sure Billy never heard a word I said. He played around goofed off and acted silly. At the end of the week, we would have parent night. The youngsters would bring in one or both parents. A young mother came up to me and handed me a drawing done with crayons.
There was a little snail lying down in a garden holding his tummy and saying mommy I'm sick. She then went on to tell me that all week long Billy told her what a wonderful teacher I was. She said he adored me.
I thanked her and kept that drawing for many years. I wish I had it now to show. I went into a different room at the church and started crying. Doris came in. Doris had children my age and was a school teacher. She wanted to know why I was crying and I told her and showed her the picture.
She told me some children are like that, you think they are not hearing or learning anything. She said sometimes they are the ones that absorb the most.
So often we become discouraged when doing these small things. However, we should never loose heart. Some where out there in this grownup world, Billy is now a man. I hope his heart is with the Lord and I in some small way helped him in his growth.
Doris has gone ahead and is with Jesus now. Doris touched my life in the same special way in which I hope I touched Billy. A spiritual lesson learned.
Every year at the end of VBS I would say never again. Boy's like Billy kept me volunteering every year. I really do wish I had his drawing now to share with all of you. That was in the day before home scanners, cell phone pictures and digital cameras.
We will never know in this life, the effect we have had on so many people. Fortunate we are when we do see, as you so beautifully shared here. What a day that will be when God rolls out the panorama of our lives and shows what really happened, as he opens our eyes as he opened Elisha's servant's eyes! Until then, what a joy and blessing to be shown glimpses like this heartwarming (and tear-producing ) story.
Thank you for shaing it ~