November 18, 2010 | 11:51 am

Thursday – Refrigerator God

I remember as a child coming home from Sunday school with pictures I had drawn—everything from the Garden of Eden to David and Goliath. These became the refrigerator art that was hung with pride in our kitchen. For me, those images represented the story of God.  The really exciting thing was that week by week the story would unfold in new directions. It is not that I always enjoyed Sunday School (what child does), but it sparked a curiosity about God. There are days I miss the naiveté of my youth. I wish I awoke with more wonder, less rigidity, and an openness to see what new things I could learn today. Maybe we all need to go back to the refrigerator God at times. I know this sounds crazy, but if we all stopped, got out the crayons, permitted just a little naiveté, and created some kitchen art, it may just kindle our connection to God. Perhaps this is why Jesus said, “Unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 18:3).