Science with a twist
For this object lesson, you’ll fill a transparent vase with flowers, water, rocks and sand. Discussion point: God helps us overcome our fears.
For this object lesson, you’ll fill a transparent vase with flowers, water, rocks and sand.
Discussion point: God helps us overcome our fears.
For this hands-on option, you will need a vase, small rocks, sand and flowers. You’ll also need to introduce the activity by telling your children a story about another child who is afraid of water. You could make up your own story, or check out your local library for a suitable children’s book.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
“But let all who take refuge in You be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread Your protection over them, that those who love Your name may rejoice in You. For surely, O Lord, You bless the righteous; You surround them with Your favor as with a shield.”
2 Samuel 22:32-33
“For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.”
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
“For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God?”
“The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior!”
“When I am afraid, I will trust in You.”
“ ‘Hear this, you foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear: Should you not fear Me?’ declares the Lord. ‘Should you not tremble in My presence? I made the sand a boundary for the sea, an everlasting barrier it cannot cross. The waves may roll, but they cannot prevail; they may roar, but they cannot cross it.’ ”
Note: To ensure the flowers last, you may wish to dispose of the sand, fill the vase with fresh water and arrange the flowers in the vase, using the rocks as filler. Throughout the days to come, as you enjoy looking at the bouquet of flowers, review the meaning of the flowers, the rocks and the sand.