Journey with John
“Stories for Sharing” by Charles Arcodia is a collection of writings that touch the soul. One, titled “The Picture,” speaks to me. It’s for all who have something beautiful to share, but are not always affirmed because their beauty is not the norm…. “There once was a boy who wanted to say things, but no one understood. No one had time to listen. So he drew. Sometimes he would be out on the grass looking up in the sky and it would be only him and the sky and the things inside that needed saying.
One day he drew THE picture. It was beautiful. He kept it under his pillow and would let no one see it. It was all of him and he loved it.
When he started school, he brought the picture with him; not to show, but to have with him like a friend. He sat in a square, brown desk like all the other square, brown desks. He thought it should be red. His classroom was a square, brown room, like all the other rooms. It was tight and closed and stiff.
The boy hated to hold the pencil and the chalk, with his arm stiff and his feet flat on the floor, stiff, with the teacher watching. The teacher came and spoke to him. She told him to wear a tie like all the other boys. He said he didn’t like the ties and she said that didn’t matter. After that, the class drew. The boy drew all yellow. It was the way he felt about the morning. and it was beautiful. The teacher came and said, “What’s this? Why don’t you draw something like Ken’s drawing? Isn’t that beautiful?” It was all questions.
After that his mother bought him a tie and he always drew airplanes and rockets like everyone else. He threw the old picture away. And when he lay out alone looking at the sky, it was big and blue and all of everything, but HE WASN’T ANYTHING…. He was square inside and brown, and his hands were stiff and he was like everyone else. The thing inside him that needed saying didn’t need saying anymore. It had stopped pushing. It was crushed. Stiff. Like everything else….” This is such a painful story, because God created us to share the beauty inside us, all that makes us – US. We need to encourage the beauty inside each person. It’s what Jesus did. He would have loved the boy’s yellow morning. Don’t crush the God that is in you. Let it out for all to enjoy. Be YOU!