Catching the wave of God’s amazing love!
(Check out all of our Surf Shack VBC posts. They are loaded with pictures!)
We got right down to singing today at Tidal Tunes. We were amped! (Did you know that “amped” is surfer lingo for “really looking forward to a surf.”) It was a few minutes before we realized that Snappy was frightened! Snappy was afraid of the stormy weather we’d had! All of that thunder…
What do you do when you are afraid? How do you calm yourself down? You saw what Snappy did! He (she?) hid! I wonder if we heard some hints on other ways to deal with our fears, as we soon learned that…
That’s good to know isn’t it. Because sometimes I feel all confused inside, like my thoughts are jumbled and I’m headed for a shipwreck! It is good to be reminded that God can provide peace to any situation, and can calm our fears.
Over the course of the morning we heard about a Bible story where Jesus really calmed things down! He calmed the wild wind and waves! You can read this story in Luke 8:22-25.
Today’s Pop-Up Verse is a good one to put to memory.
The God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:9b
What did we do today? At the bottom of this post, is a slideshow of photos with captions that tell the story of what your kids engaged in today.
Continue the learning at home!
Here are a couple of questions to talk about around the family dinner table or wherever your family gets together:
- When is a time when you faced a troubling situation. How did you handle it?
- When the storm happened in our Bible story, Jesus was asleep in the boat! His disciples must have thought that Jesus didn’t care. Have you ever felt that way – wondering if God cares what is happening in you life? Our story shows us that God does care! Knowing that God cares about us gives us something we can do during a storm: trust in God.
- Just because we believe in Jesus do you suppose that means that we’ll be less likely to have difficulties in our life? (Nope. Storms happen to us all.) Think about this: what do you suppose it would be like to go through a hard time if you didn’t believe in Jesus?
- After Jesus calmed the storm, he asked his disciples: “Where is your faith?” How would you describe your faith right now? Could you handle a frightening situation? (It is interesting to note that John Wesley often asked a similar question of his fellow Christians: “How goes it with your soul?”)
Enjoy the slide show! (Start it by clicking the triangle button.) And, a blessing for your day…
May you trust in Jesus through storms in your lives!
~~ Carol, on behalf of the VBC Team
Surf Shack images used by permission of Cokesbury.
Rest of photos courtesy of various volunteers at VBC!
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