We were following the Israelites this week, as they camped at Mt. Sinai and then went all the way to the edge of the Promised Land. . . and back again! They had to turn around to wander in the desert for 40 years, all because they didn't believe God! Instead they complained, whined and didn't trust God when things got hard. . . . hhmm. . . has that ever happened in your family?
This part of the Big God Story shows us that :
God is Sovereign.
That just means God is all powerful and He's in charge. What that boils down to is that even when He stretches us into places that are hard, we can trust Him.
After our lesson (which for the 10:30 class involved a hillbilly named Linda-Lou who kept talking about possum hunting), we always end with response time. This is a time when our kids are given a chance to spend a moment alone with God and to listen and respond to His voice in some tangible way.
This week we asked them to think of something they have been complaining about lately. We all sat quietly before the Lord and asked Him to bring something to mind. Once He did, they were to write or draw this complaint on a piece of paper and carry it to the foot of the cross.
They solemnly laid their complaints down at the foot of the cross.
And left them there; trading their complaints and whining for . . .
One of the promises of God.
They reverently carried these promise scrolls back to the worship area, grasping them tightly in their determined hands. . . . Because these kids know about the promises of God. They know they just got the better end of this deal. They know that trading their complaints for the promises of God is trading UP. And together, we all hold up our promises to heaven, shakily at first, and then more boldly, as a prayer of blessing is prayed over every child, that God's Spirit will remind them always to hold onto the promises of God.
Because now we know that God is Sovereign.
And if He is in charge, then we are in good hands.
When we are holding onto God's Word - our hands are never left empty,
and our lives are always full.
The Environment of Out of The Comfort Zone reminds us that:
God transforms me when I step out in faith.
Don't forget to check out the site below for this month's HomeFront magazine
full of great ideas to do at home with your kids,
so you can create the environment of "Out of the Comfort Zone" in your family.
How is God asking you to step out in faith and trust Him this month?