Today was our monthly Moving Rainbow workshops, which are dance and craft workshops for under 5s and 5-11 year olds. We try to have a theme that we follow for the craft and certain sorts of movements.
This month was all about how God loves the whole family and we played around doing finger prints for the different members of our family and celebrating how big Gods love is, we learnt the saying – it’s so tall, small and wide – so much so it covers everything. For the older ones they got to create movements and think in more depth about wanting more of God’s love and how what he has to give, is always more than enough.
Some of the children that come along to the workshops have been dancing with me for a long time, one of them in particular Mary* has probably been with me the longest, coming up to 4 years.
When I think back to how she was in the first dance classes that she came to and where she is now, it is beautiful to watch her dance. When Mary first arrived on the scene she was very shy, not confident in herself, and got very frustrated when she couldn't get something perfect the first it was taught. It took a lot of saying ‘you’re not expected to get it right first time’ and ‘what you did was just right’ to keep her going.
I still remember the week, probably in the first or second term that Mary had started coming to classes with me, when her mum came in for a chat. The chat was to say that she didn't think Mary would carry on because she was coming home upset each week because she wasn't getting things right. The mother also explained that she was the eldest child at home so usually the first to grasp something, but when she came to the dance classes she was the youngest and obviously not grasping things straight away.
I have to admit my heart sunk, and I just said ‘Mary needs to stay, she can do it, by not getting it right the first time around it means when she does grasp the movement it’s a lot more detailed.’ I agreed to chat with Mary and encourage her to stay. She did, and it has been like watching a flower grow brighter since.
So, I am grateful that I have the opportunity to work alongside young and old alike to see them grow into something new and confident. There are lots of stories I could share about this. But just watching Mary dance today, from the heart, I saw a glimpse of her journey, and I do hope she keeps dancing.
Jesus asked us to come to him like children, children have a lot less cares in the world, their delight and growth is always so obvious. Allow Jesus to delight in watching you grow and blossom into who you are meant to be.
*Mary is a made up name, to protect the identity of the actual child.