Here’s another Tuesday Night Teaching that I did with my kids. This one is called, Life Lesson: Having Faith.
“Having faith in God means that even though we cannot ‘see’ him, we know he is there. Faith is believing in what we don’t see. Can you actually see love?” My kids nodded that “no”, we don’t really see love.
“What about smells? Can we ‘see’ them?”
Giggles…”Well, maybe sometimes….”
“Okay, but you get the point.”
I looked at my daughter and reminded her of the times she thought God wasn’t listening to her prayers because she didn’t see the answer. I then spoke to my kids about feeling distant sometimes from God, especially when times are hard.
“There are moments when we are going through rough times and we really don’t feel or see that God is near us.”
I took three sheets of wax paper and held them up so that they blocked a cross hanging on our hall.
“Remember, the cross represents God. Can you see the cross now?”
“Not really”, they said.
“Okay, there are other times when things aren’t quite as bad but you still wonder where God is.”
I removed one sheet of the wax paper.
“You can barely see God, right?”
“Let’s say things are maybe a little bit better but still a little cloudy and you’re not sure if God is near you.”
Removed another sheet of wax paper.
“The cross is becoming even more clear now, right? Okay. Now life is great and we’re moving along…”
Removed the final piece of wax paper to reveal the cross.
“Do you see that the cross was there the entire time, even when you couldn’t see it or when it was a little hard?
This is what it means to have faith in what is unseen. No matter how bad things get in our lives, even when we cannot see him clearly, he is there.”
I then read Hebrews: 11:1:
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
Explaining faith to children can be hard, especially for extremely literal kids! I’m hoping that this visual lesson helped them to truly believe in what is unseen; to have faith in God during times in their lives when the view is cloudy and when it is clear.
Life Lesson: Having Faith – this one is for us adults, as well.