God-Worshiping: Trusting in God's best plan.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not depend on your own understanding.
Liz and Morrie didn’t know the way out of the tunnel. But they remembered that Shorty said the way out of the tunnel system was to always turn right. The tunnel was dark. They couldn’t see what was ahead, but they knew that each time they got to an intersection they should turn right. To follow Shorty’s instructions meant that they had to trust Shorty. They trusted him because he was the rescue operation leader and he was the one who designed the tunnel system.
In life, we often walk in the dark not knowing what is ahead, not knowing where we are or where we are going. But we have a leader who does know. God is the one who designed us and has determined our path in life. God is entirely trustworthy. God knows how we are designed. God knows our path. So the best plan for our journey through life is to trust God. God knows how to bring us out of darkness into light, not only into salvation but also into living the life that he has planned for us.
Do we model this for our children? Do we face challenges and adversity with calm confidence in our God? Or, do we react with worry and fear? Children take their cues from their parents. What are you teaching them? Fear or faith?
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. Who was the most worried and scared about the fate of Liz and Morrie?
Q. How did Liz's dad stay calm while he was waiting?
A. Like he told Chamy, he trusted in God and relied on God to work things out.
Q. What scared Liz and Morrie as they made their way through the tunnel?
A. A leaky pipe connection.
Q. Who interviewed Liz after they were rescued?
A. Rita Jennings.
Q. Why did Liz reject the idea that he was a hero?
A. Because instead of rescuing anyone, he needed to be rescued.
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.
The dictionary defines trust as: to place confidence in, to rely on, to hope or expect confidently. Do you trust God? How might you show God you trust him in your daily life?
When we are worried or unsure about something, we are not trusting God. When this happens, we should pray and ask God give us peace and strength to trust him and do what is right. This is not easy, but it is the kind of worship that God calls us to every day.