Benjamin (my grandson) and I spent a morning at the beach this week. This is such a family tradition for me. I was flooded with memories of my own children and my mother. There was an opportunity to lay the foundation for a biblical principle and a thinking skill for understanding the Bible. It was really brief; after all, he is only two! But, we have to seize the moment with children. Here is a lesson adaptable to kids from 2-12. Talk about it as you “go in and out” this summer. Or use it in Bible school.
What We Did
Benjamin got a little scared when the waves lapped at his feet, pulling the sand out from under him. We then stood on some rocks (the ones without moss). “We’re standing on the Rock,” I said. “Look how the rock holds us firm. We don’t fall. The rock doesn’t move like the sand did.” Then we went from rock to rock until his mind moved on.
The Biblical Principle
God is like a rock to us.
“I will love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my rock, in whom I will trust:…The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let the God of my salvation be exalted.” (Psalm 18: 1-2; 46)
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)
“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5:6)
The Thinking Skill
All good literature uses visual images. Children already have a wonderful ability to pretend. Let their imagination help with using the Bible’s images. Jesus as our Rock is one image. In Benjamin’s case, we were starting with what a rock is and what standing on one does. Start with their experiences and spring from that to concepts new to them. A rock can defend someone; it can make a person stronger because they stand firm on it or hide under or on it. Jesus is like that; He makes us strong against our own sin and life’s problems; He saves us from judgment and being condemned; we can hide in Him. This is one of the thinking skills all of us need to use when we read the Bible. Children love to move while they think, so hide behind a rock, throw rocks in the river, stand on the rocks, climb a mountain, etc. etc. and relate the rocks to Jesus as you go in and out all summer. It’s fun!