Arriving at church on Sunday, a teacher in the children's work asked me whether I could help act out a part for their morning class. She explained that I was to be King Ahab - one of the notorious figures of the Old Testament. A gold crown (slightly too small) and a purple robe (also minimal!) were provided with a script to follow which emphasized that I was to strut arrogantly and regally as I made my entrance.
At the right moment as I waiting outside the door the teacher opened it with the words: 'And who do we have here?' In I swept, exuding nasty authority, and exclaiming that I was King Ahab, the seventh king of Israel. And that I was married to Jezebel who was very beautiful. Just at that moment Carol stuck her head round the door to see what was going on. The teachers burst into laughter and, of course, I repeated the line! However, the story turns sour as Ahab said that Jezebel had introduced him to the god Baal and that he was now worshiping Baal instead of the old-fashioned God of Israel.
One of the children was primed to confront me as the prophet Elijah and tell me that there would be no rain in judgement upon me...and I am glad to say that God had the last triumphant word in the painful story.
I haven't been to visit the children's and youth work for years and as I saw all the work the different teachers had put into the morning sessions I was reminded of the vital, demanding, and skillful effort that our teachers put in month by month, year by year. How easily their role is taken for granted! We owe them so much for their dedication. Thank you - everyone who works with our children in church.