I am currently finishing work on a book for preschool children. Although written for children, the story line is applicable to all ages. Each character in the book exhibits an undesirable attribute that needs some fine-tuning. I don’t know about you, but I identify with them all.
Reckless rectangle is oblivious to where he is headed. Whether by choice or circumstances, he has turned himself in the wrong direction and suffers the consequences. He needs to be rescued and find a way to turn his life around.
Checkerboard square is perceived as argumentative and resistance to change. He has a ‘my way, or the highway’ mindset and is unwilling to think outside the box and consider other viewpoints.
Endless circle lacks discernment. He has found himself rolling off a cliff more than once because he fails to pay attention to posted warning signs.
Triangle waiter desires to serve others, but in the process has dropped a few serving trays, overturned water glasses and mixed up orders. His failure to plan causes him to react spontaneously which leads to chaotic situations.
When an incident occurs at a restaurant, the shapes must set aside their differences and work together as a team to find a solution. In the process, they find friendship, acceptance and a measure of self-discovery. As I proofed the manuscript, I couldn’t help but notice a subtle spiritual truth within the story:
Each of us is uniquely shaped in God’s image. Sin distorts our once unique shape and we end up being something God never intended. Thankfully, God conveniently situates us in the most unlikely places to enlighten us to our sin and our need of salvation through the cross. It is the beginning of a lifelong journey of self-discovery guided by the friendship and acceptance of God.
“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted; forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32
Want to know the heart and mind of God? Like rectangle, square, circle and triangle, you will find Him in the most unlikely places if are willing to look past personal differences, skin color, shapes and size.