If you have a 4 year old then you know my wife PK. She has
been teaching the 4 year old Sunday school class for 17 years, she does
it every week. She usually has a big class, anywhere from 15 to 36 kids.
When they go to music or go out to play you have to know which kids go
to which class. The teachers re-count when they get back to be sure the
kids end up back where they belong. All of PK's kids have "PK" written
on their hand with a washable magic marker before they leave her class.
That "PK" has turned in to a sign of pride and belonging to the kids in
her class. Some refuse to wash it off. A friend of mine has a little
girl who was trying to put it back with an ink pen. She did ok with the
"P" but couldn't figure out the "K". Mom asked her why she
wanted the "PK" back on her hand and she said "That's the only
way anybody will know where I belong." So she helped her with the "K"..
now we know...
God's like that: He marks us with events in our lives, the birth of a
child, a near death experience, a friend, changing someone's life, so
that we know where we belong. We remember a time when God was there and
no matter how far away we get we can always point to it, we can always
come back and say "I know where I belong."
I'm waiting for the first 30 year old former student to come and show
my wife a "PK" tattoo on their hand... belonging is a powerful thing...