Rebecca’s Weary

By Marelle Walmsley

Once upon a time, there lived the
sweetest little girl by the name of Rebecca.
She loved everyone and pretty much all
things lovely. Her passion, above all, was
art. Since she had been a toddler all
Rebecca wanted to do was paint.
Everyday, in fact, that is exactly what
she did. As the years went by, her passion
for painting only grew. Unfortunately, her
talent never seemed to keep up. All her
works of art seemed childlike, never
resembled the subject she was painting.
Every night, without fail, Rebecca
prayed to be a world famous artist. She
prayed that the world would love her great
work as much as she loved art.
This went on for many, many years.
Even as a grandmother, her art remained
childlike. Nonetheless, Rebecca still
painted and prayed.
Eventually, her hands and eyes gave
way to old age.
Then one day so did her heart….
Rebecca entered the pearly gates of
heaven. She was breathless by the beauty
surrounding her. Never in her life had she
seen such loveliness. It was then she saw
the Almighty, standing before her. She
looked with love in her heart and tears in
her eyes.
Ever so softly she spoke, “Excuse me,
if you please. I just wanted to ask You
something.” Rebecca paused for a moment.
“Why would You give me such passion and
love for art and absolutely no skill?”
The Almighty spoke with a grin. “Why
Rebecca, you asked to be a world famous
artist, did you not?”
“Why yes, but I never once painted
anything good.” she whispered.
The Almighty laughed a great laugh,
and then He said, “Don’t be silly. I heard
your prayers, each and every night. And, I
took your paintings each and every day.
Then I put them in the sky, for all the
world to see.”
Rebecca was confused.
“You see Rebecca, you were in charge
of each and every sunset, every day of your
life. What you put on paper, I put into the
heavens that night.”
Rebecca was speechless and quite
taken back by what she was hearing.
Then the Almighty bent down and
whispered in her ear. “You were a world
famous artist, Rebecca. Even more famous
than the great masters. In fact, you were
more famous than the world ever knew.”