With the deadlines for new lesson plans, I was studying late and still needing to be up early. This makes for a pretty tired Miss Esther. The whole process of asking God what to teach the children and how to explain it effectively keeps one in a prayerful sensitivity to the Holy Spirit to provide vital concepts and ideas. Constantly last weekend and the early part of this week I kept pushing to be prepared. I know from experience that lots of time can slip away quickly as you sit there trying to think of memorable object lessons and ways to illustrate your point. I want to thank and praise the Lord that each time I would reach a dead end and call out to Him for direction He would hear my cry and give me ideas.
This is what happened as I prepared for Bible Club too. Monday night I had the chance to prepare for the craft station I would be in charge of the next day. I read through the curriculum for craft ideas but none of them seemed right. Some people trust in other people’s ideas, and some in their own, but I will depend on the Lord! So I asked Him “Lord, what craft should we make? What is something we could do to really get the main point across?” The main point was that others will know we are Christ’s disciples if we show love to each other. I closed the curriculum book and just read the Bible verse. And that’s when God told me, through a simple thought that popped into my head, what to make.
What about folding paper like a fan and drawing a person for them to cut out that, when they do, would be connected by the hands and feet to a long string of paper people? This would illustrate that a disciple is one that strives to be just like his master. On each paper person could be a heart on which we could write one way to show love to others. These ways would demonstrate how others would know we are striving to be like Jesus. This is exactly what we did and the children really seemed to get the point and loved it.
Interesting enough, the question came up at Bible Club as the children were making their craft “How does God speak to you?” So I told them how this craft came about. It was a fresh example that in God’s time His Holy Spirit will direct. Praise the Lord that He is faithful to provide for what He has called us to do.