An Etch-A-Sketch Life

Life is like an Etch-A-Sketch.

No, really; bear with me here for a moment. It takes a lot of skill and patience to create something beautiful, and even one little mistake can ruin the whole picture. Think about it.

Say a young child is trying hard to draw a picture on an etch-a-sketch. No matter how hard he tries, he always messes up the picture, and there’s no way to fix it! The child starts to get discouraged and almost gives up.

But then, a kind stranger comes along and picks the child up and sets him back on his feet and before the child’s very eyes, the man clears the etch a sketch’s screen with a flip of his wrist. Very soon, his fingers set to work on the etch-a-sketch’s dials, deftly spinning an exciting, beautiful picture like none the child had ever seen before. The child sniffed away his tears as he took the offered Etch-A-Sketch, protesting weakly that he would only mess up the picture again.

The stranger smiled indulgently, patted the child on the head, and simply told him to add to the picture, and when he made another mistake, the stranger would be there to fix it. And he was true to his word. In a very short time, when the boy made another mistake, the stranger was right there. But instead of erasing it altogether this time, he simply worked the mistake into a stunning design, creating something even more breathtaking than before. He then hands he etch-a-sketch back to the boy and watches over him with a smile as the small one attempts to expand upon the picture.

That is an Etch-A-Sketch is life and the little child is you and me. Who is the kind stranger? No other than Jesus himself. When someone puts their trust in him, he takes their life full of sin and ugliness, and hands them back a clean slate, a fresh start, a new beginning, and a life free from sin and death. Then, when we make a mistake, as we will, he very lovingly weaves our mistakes into the picture, helping us to learn from them and still produce a masterpiece worthy of proud display.


Shannon Meiers is a 16 year old home-schooled sophomore in high-school. Shes an aspiring writer, and is currently working with the special needs ministries at her church. Shannon, or Shan as her friends know her, is constantly learning… (read more…)


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    Great article, Shannon! Hope to see more from you soon!