New Crayons

June 24, 2008

Saturday I attended a monthly writer’s meeting with my critique partner.  She got lucky that day and won one of the literacy raffles that we do at each meeting.  Sorting through the basket of goodies, she handed me a rectangular case of Crayola watercolors paints.  She knew that I had grandchildren in the appropriate age range. 

My five-year-old grandson was so excited.  He had to have his mommy open them so he could count the colors.  There were eight new untouched ovals of colors.  He wanted to start painting right then and there.  It brought back memories. 

Do you remember when you were a kid and you got that new box of crayons?  Usually at the beginning of the new school year.  My pride and joy was the 64 count Crayola box with its own sharpener included.  I still remember that box, how it smelled, looked, and felt in my hands.  For some of you, the taste!  There’s just little better than untouched crayons.  The point is still on them.  The paper unpeeled.  Nothing is yet broken.  Filling in a new coloring book with them.  

Did any of you want to start the next school year with that still usable box?  Probably not.  I didn’t.  New crayons.  New beginnings.  I like that our walk with God is like that.  We all started like a new box of crayons.  Our talents, our potential.  Our hopes, our dreams.  All the colors that fill in life.  And as we lived, life wore us down some.  Broke a few of our colors.  Paper was peeled back.  Even the sharpener gummed up eventually. 

But with God, we get that whole new box.  Sixty-four and more.  And he’s there with the sharpener when we lose our edge.  And sometimes with a whole new box when ours are too nubby to carry on.  Do you need your colors replaced?  Or sharpened just a bit?  God’s always got a new box of crayons for us.

II Corinthians 5:17

Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.