Community-Building: Being open to God’s plan.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
In this verse, we see that God has a plan for each one of us. As we try to place ourselves in this week story, we too remember that sometimes our plans and God’s plan can be quite different. How often do we look back and see God’s guiding hands intentionally involved in our lives? Can you see God’s fingerprints on the days and weeks that have just happened? What events make more sense to you now that you can look back on them?
We don’t like it when God says no to our plans. He answers our prayers with three answers: “Yes”, “No” and “Wait”. In our world, where everything is instant, we don’t like being told “No” or “Wait”. Stop and listen to the still small voice of God who reveals His plan. God has placed us where we are for a reason about which we might not know. Maybe it’s a big thing where we will have an opportunity to proclaim his name to a friend or neighbor. Maybe it’s a small thing. In Matt 10:42, Jesus points out that giving a cup of cold water to someone who needs it can be done in Jesus’ name.
How can we bless the people around us? A lot of times we are looking ahead to the next thing in our lives and ignoring what and who are in front of us. Let’s start with a smile and a positive attitude. As Grandpa pointed out, we can be examples of praising God in whatever the circumstances are. The Holy Spirit walks with us, and he knows us far better than we know ourselves. That’s why we can be sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. On what day of the week are Liz and the whole group leaving for the Lizard Lagoon?
Q. For what phrase is Mr. Lagarto famous for saying?
A. "Welcome to the luxurious Lizard Lagoon!"
Q. How long is the flight to Lizard Lagoon?
A. Two hours
Q. What is the saying that Grandpa’s father used to say?
A. “Your delay is God’s masterpiece.”
Q. What is the name of Spike’s favorite ride at the park?
A. The Goofy Gator.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
Describe a time when you could look back and see what plan God had for you.
This discussion can be a good opportunity for a parent and adult mentor to tell the story of God’s plan in that parent or mentor’s life. Stories of good times and bad times can show how a faith journey is shaped by following God’s plan. It’s also positive to share times where God’s plan wasn’t clear and patience was needed. This might also be an opportunity to share small moments of God’s grace where God gave opportunities for giving a cup of cold water in His name. Big moment or small moment, children too can share their times where God gave them an opportunity to bless another person. (See Matthew 5: 13-16, Isaiah 46: 3-11, Psalm 33:11, Proverbs 19:21, Isaiah 14:26-27