Lots of activities we did as children taught us lessons that we still use as grown-ups. Many of them were activities we enjoyed and didn’t even realize we were learning something at the same time. This story talks about one such experience from my childhood and what it taught me.
For this story, you can find the old-fashioned butter cookies that come in the shape of a ruffled ring. You can demonstrate for those in the congregation, who have never experienced a cookie on each finger.
When I was a little girl, I loved to be in the nursery at church. One of the sweetest ladies who ever lived took care of us in the nursery and she gave us lots of creative things to do and taught us all sorts of important lessons, when we thought we were playing games.
One of my favorite things about being in the nursery was snack time. We would sit at a big round table. We had to be quiet and sit up straight, then we put our fingers up in the air like this [hold both index fingers up] and waited for the teacher to come around with the cookies. They were butter cookies, with holes in the middle. As she came around, she put one on each of our fingers.
I liked to pretend mine was a dancer with a tutu. Some people kept the cookies on their fingers and ate around their finger to finish it. Others took the cookies off of their fingers and made them into wheels or put them up their eyes and pretended they were glasses or binoculars.
After we finished those two cookies, if we had been good that day, we could pick which finger we wanted to put up and she would give us one more cookie.
I loved those cookies. Not just because they tasted good, but because there were so many things you could do with them. Everyone had a different idea about what they looked like or how you could use them. They were a way to unlock my imagination.
God gives us all sorts of gifts like those cookies. He loves to see what we do with our imaginations and to teach us important lessons, when we think we are playing games. Let’s use our imaginations for a minute, right now. Pretend you have a cookie on each of your fingers, what will you do with them? When you ate them, how would that make you feel? What would you do with your third cookie?
Lord thank you for all of your good gifts - most especially, the gift of imagination. Help us to imagine all sorts of great things that we can do to make the world a better place to be. In your precious name we pray. Amen.