Liz desperately wants to interview someone with a great story for his school project. Who lives in the mysterious house across the swamp? How will Liz get there, and what valuable stories does he learn?Play Episode
Episode Theme: Be still and know that I am God.
1. What’s your favorite place in nature? Perhaps you can do these devotions in your backyard or at a nature center.
2. God shows you who he is in two wonderful ways. In the Bible, God tells the story of his rescue plan for his people. God also reveals himself in his creation. Psalm 104 lists many of the wonderful things he made, and when you see huge snowflakes, a wonderful butterfly, or the majesty of the blue whale, you can learn more and more about who God is and how he cares for creation. In what ways does God’s creation show him as an artist? “Be still, and know that I am God,” says the creator of all things. Think about God’s great creation work as you listen this episode.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth”Psalm 46:10
In this episode, the swamp scared Liz, Spike, and Cole, but Mr. Harper helped Liz see that the sounds of the swamp were beautiful. These sounds even helped Mr. Harper heal the painful memories of his lost friend. One thing we can learn from this episode is that whether it’s a swamp, a desert, or the tundra, God’s got a plan for each part of his creation, and he uses each part for his good work. God does not make junk. A second thing for us to learn is that God’s creation introduces us to him! Mr. Harper would sit and listen to the swamp sounds. The swamp was a place that helped him “see” God’s good work.
What kind of animals are Liz, Cole, and Spike afraid of?
They are afraid of swamp rats and owls.
Who takes them across the swamp in his boat?
What unfortunately happens when the boys enter the house?
They set off the security alarms.
What do Liz and Mr. Harper do with the bugs that get zapped?
They eat them.
What was the name of Mr. Harper’s friend that died in the war?
His name was Reed.
Take a walk with your family at a local nature area. At some point in the walk, find a place to sit and see how God reveals himself in his creation. All nature sings to its Creator—the sight of a flower, the sound of birds, and the feeling of the breeze. In being still, focus on the creation—the 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. What does nature tell you about who God is? Pray and thank God for all that he has made.
The world around us is filled with evidence of God’s design. Liz and his friends see some of that design and learn more about their creator.
Liz desperately wants to interview someone with a great story for his school project. Who lives in the mysterious house across the swamp? How will Liz get there, and what valuable stories does he learn?