Nature Walk: Air
There are lots of things around us that we cannot see, but we know they are there. Air is one of them. We cannot see air because the gas particles in air are spread out and not touching each other, so it is easy for light to go right through them.
Air is made up of mostly Nitrogen gas (around 80%) and Oxygen gas (around 19%) and other gases, like Carbon Dioxide. When you breathe, you are bringing air into your body. Our bodies keep the oxygen and release the other parts of air.
Air reminds me of the spiritual dimension that is all around us. There are beings and activity going on around us that we cannot see, but we know they are there. Good and bad angels, the Holy Spirit are real – just as real as you and I, but we cannot see them. Or can we? Yes, people have seen angels before and at least twice in history the Holy Spirit has manifested Himself – once as a dove and secondly as tongues of fire. But in general, we don’t get to see the spiritual realm, but it is there.
Our Bible story today is about a young man who got to see the invisible spiritual realm, and it changed his perspective on a scary challenge he was facing. 2 Kings 6:17 describes that eye-opening experience: “And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” May we open our eyes and see God today.
Memory Mastery: The Godhead
We have finally moved on to our next memory mastery project - the Godhead. During our time, we will unpack a little of the mystery of God to help the children understand some important principles. At the end of our questions and answers, you will find a poem about the Godhead that I want the children to memorize.
Who is God?
Did God really make everything? What was there before Him?
Reference: Acts 17:24-28
Do you like to be alone all by yourself? Neither does God.
In fact, did you know God has his own family?
References: 1 John 5:7; Mark 1:9-11
Can we see God?
References: 1 John 4:12; John 6:46; Hebrews 4:14; John 15:26; John 14:7-9
Here is a poem I wrote to help us remember each person of the Godhead.
(This poem is the actual memory mastery project we will memorize as a class.)
Bible Story: Opened Eyes
Reference: 2 Kings 6
Even after God healed Naaman's leprosy, King Aram still didn't want to believe in the loving God of heaven. Nor did he want to treat Israel nicely and get along. He was determined to destroy the people of Israel, and God was not going to let that happen.
If King Aram decided he wanted to attack Israel from over here, God would tell prophet Elisha King Aram's plan. Then prophet Elisha would warn the king of Israel, so Israel's army could move somewhere else. This happened again and again. King Aram was angry.
"Who is telling all my secrets to the king of Israel?" King Aram demanded of his officers. "Nobody, sir! It is the prophet Elisha who tells the king of Israel your secrets," they said. "Well, let's capture this prophet in Israel. Where is he?" King Aram demanded. "He's in Dothan," they said. "Besiege the city tonight!" ordered the king.
Early in the morning, prophet Elisha's servant went outside and saw a big army surrounding them. He was terrified, and quickly ran back in to tell prophet Elisha. "Prophet Elisha, prophet Elisha," he cried, "there's a great army surrounding us! What will we do?"
"Don't worry," prophet Elisha said, "God's army is with us, and they are greater than them. Let's pray. Dear Father God, open my servant's eyes, that he may see. Amen." When the young man opened his eyes from prayer, he saw horses and chariots of fire in the mountains surrounding Dothan and that Syrian army. His heart was comforted. "Truly, God is with us," he said.
As the enemy army walked toward them, prophet Elisha prayed again, "Lord, please strike these men with blindness, so they can't see. Amen." Suddenly, there was total confusion in the army, as the men bumped into each other groping for direction.
Prophet Elisha approached the army and said, "Follow me, I will take you to the man you are looking for." He led the Syrian army back to Samaria where the king of Israel was. Then, Elisha prayed again, "Father, open their eyes that they may see. Amen." Suddenly, the soldiers could see, and they were surrounded by King of Israel's army! Yikes! The king of Israel asked, "Shall I kill them?" "Of course not," said the prophet. "Give them something to eat and drink and send them home."
Our prayer verse is Matthew 19:26, which says, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Sometimes we face challenges and experiences that seem too hard or scary for us, but like Elisha, we must pray for God to open our eyes to His leading and His deliverance. He will help us, even when our problem seems utterly impossible.
Dear Father God, Open my eyes that I may see that with You ALL things are possible. In Jesus' Name, Amen.