Last night, I was talking with one of the boys and he was telling me that he knows how to make a kite. He told me he uses sticks, a plastic bag, and string. I asked him if he could show me how to make one tomorrow. He instantly lit up with a big smile and said "yes!". This morning there was a knock at my door around 7:30 with a boy holding some skinny sticks and asking if I had yarn. I went to get a ball of yarn and followed him to the patio of the boys dormitories. We sat together and soon a dozen boys were gathered around wanting to make kites. They ran off and found skinny sticks, old plastic garbage bags, and small pieces of string. They ran back to the picnic table where I was sitting and laid all of their supplies on the table. We helped each other by holding the sticks a certain way while someone else tied them together with string.
Soon, the "trash" turned into a kite! They even trimmed the edges of the plastic bag to make it look fancy and added a tail using scraps of fabric. They showed me how to tie the plastic to the little sticks. So carefully and slowly they wrapped the thread so that the sticks wouldn't rip the plastic.
They also showed me how to wind the yarn around a small stick. This yarn was tied to the middle of the kite and the person flying the kite would hold the stick of yarn as the kite flew to extend the kite higher into the sky.
The children are so resourceful. It amazes me how they can take "garbage" and turn it into a treasure! That reminds me of Jesus. He sees all of the garbage in our lives, he loves us and accepts us just as we are. When we choose to follow Him, He takes the sins in our life, and cleanses us. He makes us a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). He turns us into treasures. He delights in us when we live a life that glorifies Him. We are precious in His sight. You are a prince or princess because you are the daughter of the King!