Tuesday Tidbits for Parents: May 26, 2020
When I was in college, my family went on a trip to the Bahamas. While it was a super fun trip, the thing that I will never forget is the feeling I had when I looked out at that clear, blue-green ocean water for the first time. I’d never seen anything like it before. I literally had no words (and that’s rare for a person like me). I was awestruck-- totally mesmerized. I thought to myself, “How can anything be this beautiful?”
I’ve had a number of other similar experiences, all while looking at nature. And often all I can say is, “Wow, God. Just...Wow!” These scenes in nature spark wonder, gratitude, and awe in our hearts. But they do even more than that. They speak to us, shouting some of the greatest truths in the universe-- that there is a glorious, wildly creative and beautiful and powerful and praiseworthy and loving Creator.
This reminds me of Romans 1:18-21, which says
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
God reveals Himself to us through nature. His creation is testifying to who He is. And God gives us the great opportunity to do the same, as we look at His creation.
Summer is quickly approaching, which means lots more time to enjoy the great outdoors. And parents, we are invited to join the chorus of the heavens, the animals, the mountains, the oceans, and all the earth in singing the praises of God, testifying to who He is to our children, that their eyes might be opened to the truth. That their thinking may no longer be futile and their hearts no longer darkened, and that they might see Him for who He is and praise Him alongside us and the rest of creation.
As we close out our May theme of “discipleship as you go about your everyday life,” I encourage you to use your outdoor time this spring/summer (or indoor time when you hear, see, taste, touch, or smell God’s creation) to teach your kids about God, no matter how young they may be. Talk about how we can see His invisible attributes through His creation. (In case you missed it in our May newsletter, watch this 4-minute video here for some examples of how to disciple your kids in this way!)
And as you do this, we will be coming alongside you! For the next 10 weeks, the lesson portion of our kids zoom calls will be focused on some of the attributes of God we see as we look at His creation, and how we see each of these things in the life of Christ as well. We hope to see your kids there!
- K-2nd Grade: Sundays, 1:00pm-1:40pm https://zoom.us/j/92147268877
- 3rd-5th Grade: Thursdays, 6:30pm-7:30pm https://zoom.us/j/92013875518
Praying this season is full of fun in the sun and wonder as your family experiences the magnificent works of God’s hands all around you.
Children’s Ministry Director