Creation Enjoying: Be still and know that I am God.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
But we live by faith, not by what we see.
Perhaps you can do these devotions in your backyard or at a nature center. One key idea here is that regardless of the landscape God does not make junk. In this episode, the swamp scared the characters at the start, but Mr. Harper showed Liz that the sounds of swamp were beautiful and helped him heal his memories of his lost friend. So whether, it’s a swamp, a desert or the tundra, God’s got a plan and uses each part of His creation for His good work.
A second idea is being still and reflecting on God. God’s creation is a revelation that introduces us to God. The Bible is God’s special revelation, while creation is God’s general revelation. Mr. Harper would sit and listen to the swamp sounds. Being still gives us an opportunity to listen, see and meet our creator. All nature sings with the sight of a flower, the sound of birds, and the feeling of the breeze. In being still, we focus on the experience of creation — sight, sound, touch, smell (and perhaps even taste). Feel the temperature of the air on your skin, the feeling of the breeze and the sun. Notice the sounds around you. Listen to the symphony of nature. Reflect on the creator and do a family prayer thanking God for all that he has made.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. Of what kind of animals are Liz, Cole and Spike afraid?
A. They are afraid of swamp rats and owls.
Q. Who takes them across the swamp with his boat?
A. Walker does.
Q. What unfortunately happens when the boys enter the house?
A. They set off the security alarms.
Q. What do Liz and Mister Harper do with the bugs that get zapped?
A. They eat them.
Q. Who was Mr. Harper’s friend that died in the war?
A. His name was Reed.
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.
In what ways does creation reveal God to people?
God is the God of all things. Romans 1:19, 20 say, “since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”
Genesis 1 reveals how God created the universe. He made everything good. In Job 40 and Job 41, God reveals His authorship of the natural world. Psalm 24 starts with "The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters." Psalm 104 uses many creation pictures to show God's creative power. Many other Psalms reveal God through nature too.