What do you think about this drawing?
Richard Seymour in this TED talk asked his audience what they felt as they viewed this picture. He looked at their faces. Then he told them the story behind it . . .
But first. I knew Jody had a story behind her, too.
The first time I saw her, I wouldn’t have said, “Wow! She’s beautiful!”
But sitting in the folding chair the Saturday morning of her memorial service, I definitely thought, “Wow! She’s beautiful!”
What made the difference? She had lost all her hair in the meantime. She had grown skinnier. I saw her less often.
But the stories I learned about her grew. I heard about the rough lifestyle she’d been living just a few years ago. About her coming through Manna House to pick up food, and how one of the volunteers insisted she decide herself which meat she wanted because her opinion mattered.
About how she found Jesus and he changed everything for her.
By the time I met her, she’d already changed sides of the line, from receiving food to handing it out, from feeling hopeless to sharing her Jesus hope with overflowing enthusiasm. She was a faithful volunteer that everyone seemed to know and love. So when her cancer wouldn’t let up, everyone’s heart was hurting.
Because Jody had evolved into a beautiful soul.
When I looked around at the people who wanted to pay last respects at her memorial service, I saw her beauty reflected in their eyes as well. These were people she loved, people she served, people she did life with.
When we learn the story, we uncover the beauty.
. . . Now here’s the rest of the story about the picture above.
This drawing was the last physical act on earth that a 5-year-old named Heidi did before she died of cancer of the spine.
Scroll up to see the picture again.
Now do you see it as amazing? As hope-filled?
Listen for the stories. Discover the beauty.
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What (or who) have you seen grow in beauty the more you learned the story? Please share.
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