Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
The Easter Story with Visual Aids
As a young girl of 12 years
old, my Pastor decided I needed to be given a job, so I was assigned to teach a
Sunday school class of Primary children.
The teacher’s quarterly told
the story, gave the Bible verses to study, a memory verse for the children to
learn that day and flannel figures to place on a board to illustrate the lesson.
Copies of hand work were made for the
children to color and take home along with a picture card of the lesson.
As Easter approached, I was
asked by the Sunday School Superintendent to tell the Easter Story using the
Flannel figures as a finale to the children’s program.
I knew the story well and
also was able to project my voice so all could hear.It was Resurrection day, so the cross was
behind us and the tomb was there with a large stone sealed and covering the
entrance, with the body of Jesus inside.
I proceeded to tell the event
of the women weeping and arriving at the tomb to find the stone rolled away and
an angel sitting there announcing “He is not here, for He has risen as He said,
Go and tell the others the good news.”
* * *
A group of young boys
visiting from the Bible School sat three rows from the front - - and during my story they
began to whisper to each other and smile with a silly quirky laugh.
Their rudeness completely
threw me off guard and I rushed to quickly finish my story.
I wonder if those boys grew
up to become preachers and ministers and experienced smiles and laughs about
I had allowed those young men to get to
me and there are times even today that a remark or an inference can rattle my
cage.Then I realize ‘who’ is behind this and understand it
is an attack.
When God gives us an assignment, it
is time to let the unkind words and gestures roll over our shoulder and off our
back. It seems there is always some one
to throw wet blankets on what we endeavor to do for our Lord.
Jesus often received the
brunt of criticism by those he taught and walked with.Misunderstanding was open and fresh among his
disciples.His very words were often
twisted to mean something else.
So what to do?When you receive an assignment, simply do the
best you can and allow the chips to fall where they may.
Realize that most are not being critical - - and
they are receiving the good ministry you are planting and the seeds you sow
will grow and bring forth good fruit.