We just got back from visiting my in-laws in Colorado yesterday, so we missed our church's VBS which was this last week. "Weird Animals" was the theme.
Normally, the posters are dripping in platitude-ness, but these struck a closer-to-home cord. For Eileen, who was barely holding it together through a nasty thunderstorm in western Iowa Thursday evening (she doesn't like thunderstorms, and this one was especially nasty), the "Even when you're afraid, Jesus loves you." poster hit home.
For me, the first one in the series, "Even when you're left out, Jesus loves you" registered. Being underemployed for 4.5 years has me feeling on the outside of society looking in, doubly so when the job I do have is online which limits my wetware interaction with folks outside of church and family. That's as depressing to an adult as being left out of a clique or not being picked for the basketball game is to a VBS kid.
I'm not alone in that, since roughly 20% of the workforce is either unemployed or underemployed, not to mention the millions of folks who've dropped out of even looking for work in the last half-decade. For all those folks, it's worth remembering that God's love is not correlated with your wealth; if anything, it's negatively correlated, since the Beatitudes didn't give the rich and got-it-all-together folks pats on the back.
Heaven's pickup game has the Holy Spirit picking up our spirits and giving us hope. There's always a spot on the team in that one.