Sunday, March 28, 2010
Sunday Devotions for Kids - Noah's Change.
Then God said to Noah, "Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you—the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground—so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number upon it." Genesis 8:15-17
You probably know the story of Noah and the ark very well. The world was wicked and God decided to wipe it clean and start again. He told Noah to build an ark and load it with animals because the world was going to be flooded. God even gave Noah specific instructions on how to build the ark. (Genesis 6) But God didn't tell Noah to put a rudder on the ark. A rudder is part of the ship used to steer it through the water. After Noah, his family and the animals were aboard the ship they would have no way to decide where to go! God was definitely changing Noah's life and Noah didn't have any choice did he? He didn't know where he was going or how long it would take to get there. Noah just knew that his life was going to be very different than what he had known before but God was with him and would take care of him.
Has your life ever had a big change that you didn't choose? Maybe your mom is going to have a baby. Perhaps your family's pet ran away. What if your family is moving and you have to start at a new school? These are all changes that you don't decide on one way or the other.
God is with you always, even during changes in your life. Change is an important part of every one's life. God gives us change to help us grow and learn. You wouldn't want to sleep in your baby crib forever would you? Having a big kid bed is much more fun. What about learning to do things on your own like tying your shoes or riding a bike? Those are fun changes!
Change can be scary sometimes. You don't know if change is good or bad, easy or hard, fun or difficult. Sometimes we fight against change because we don't want to try new things that we don't know. Maybe you don't want that new teacher but she might be a lot more fun than you thought. Maybe you don't want to share a bedroom with your brother but then you realize how much you enjoy his company. God was with Noah and God will be with you and take care of you too!
Dear God, Thank you for the changes in our lives. I know change is part of growing up and You will always be with me and take care of me. Amen.