Those who know us best

My kids and I have spent the week at art camp. They’ve loved the art projects for the younger grades, and I’ve enjoyed working with third, fourth and fifth graders in the recycled arts elective.

Yesterday, for an icebreaker, one of the leaders introduced the “Make ‘em smile” game (for lack of a better name).

The object of the game is to choose one person to be ‘it.’ ‘It’ sits at the front of the room while other campers line up to see if they can make ‘it’ smile. The only rule is that the campers can’t touch ‘it.’

The first volunteer, Louise, a soon-to-be sixth grader, took her spot at the front of the room. Dozens of kids lined up to make her smile, but she proved to be a tough nut to crack. Would-be comedians tried to breach her defenses, one after the other, and failed.

Louise was unflappable – until it was her sister’s turn to make her smile. All Leah had to do was walk up to her sister and stare. Louise out-and-out grinned.

Why did so many kids try so hard, only to be met with a poker face? Why did Leah meet with so little resistance?

My guess?

It’s all in the relationship.

Louise and Leah are sisters – one of the strongest human bonds. They know each other inside and out. They’ve laughed together, cried together, grown together.

How could one sister help but smile at the other?

I like to think that’s how it will be when we meet God face to face. We’ll stare in wonderment at the One who created us, called us, redeemed us, transformed us.

1 Corinthians 13, the famous love chapter, concludes with these words:

Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

When that day comes, when we come face to face with God, I bet we’ll be smiling.

Let’s talk: What’s your closest human relationship? How do you feel when you see him/her?

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