As i was telling my preschool children’s church a story about a canary named candy, I learned a valuable lesson. Candy was a yellow canary who wanted to be someone else, and thought she was no good for anything. All the other parakeets were so bright with all their different beautiful colors and could make beautiful music. Candy wished to be beautiful and to make music. So the store owner had been doing some remodeling at the store and had left some paint out, Candy decided to jump into her favorite colors to make herself beautiful like the other birds.. As she finished painting herself she fell into the fish tank!! We all know what happens when we mix too many colors of paint, add water and you have a big not so pretty mess. The store owner cleaned her off and said “Candy let me show you something, I had hoped you would learn this on your own.” He pulled out a flute from a drawer and then began to play it making beautiful music. Candy closed her eyes listening to the beautiful music and before she knew it she was making beautiful music of her own. The parakeets got quiet and Candy heard one of them say i wish i could make music like that.. Candy didn’t realize it but God had made her special and beautiful to begin with.
So when you feel like you don’t belong or you are not good enough just remember God made us all beautiful and special .. He has plans for all of us. Think of God as the store owner.. always there and teaching us when we need it most. Also think of the paint as things in the world that tend to pull us in a direction that we shouldn’t go.. or as the temptations that the enemy sets in our path..or as the things we use to fill the holes of depression, sadness, loneliness, confusion etc. in our lives. They usually end up making a big mess of things and then God comes in saying ” Let me show you.. I hoped you would learn this on your own but let me show you.” God doesn’t have to come in and help he chooses to. Today i am asking to to Watch out for the paint..
for those of you who are wondering:…… the lesson i learned was that some things in life we try to use to fill voids in our lives will only make a mess of things.. 😉