And now, another break from my normal posts in which I give an overly detailed explanation of every feeling I have ever had.
The other day, I realized that I wasn’t trusting the Lord’s hand in the Sunday/Saturday School class that I was going to start. Instead, I “decided” that the thing to do was to wrack my brain trying to come up with exactly the right words to say, in hopes of ensuring that none of these little ones would be led astray. Ever. For the rest of their lives. As a result of my perfect teaching.
I’m pleased to report that I was convicted of this faulty thinking before the time actually came to teach the class.
I had four boys, aged four to eight years old. The four year old was kind of all over the place and not really paying attention. The other three were great, for the most part. As I’d mentioned before, they all been in Sunday School before, so they have a decent grasp of the Bible. And they seem to have figured out that, when all else fails, the correct answer is probably “Jesus.”
The beginning was a little shaky, but then, I started with a children’s catechism that I’d found. We started with the first two questions and worked on memorizing corresponding Bible verses. That took quite a while, but they seemed to enjoy it. By the time we got around to starting the actual lesson, it was time to wrap it up.
A low-light and a highlight from the day:
Low-light – At one point, one boy said, “You know, I’d prefer to go out and sit with my mom. I just said that I wanted you to teach us, so that you wouldn’t be sad.” Ouch. At the end, each of them prayed. One of his prayers was that God would help him like Sunday School.
Highlight – The study that I was going to teach was called “Moses’ Dream vs. God’s Dream,” from the website, Ministry to Children. The first step was to ask the children what their dreams were. The first two boys, who grew up in Christian homes, mentioned owning a horse and being a soldier. We got sidetracked, and the other boy said, “You didn’t ask me what my dream is. I want to tell my dream.” So, I gave him a chance.
He said, “When I grow up, I dream to read the Bible and know the Bible.” Mind you, this child grew up with non-Christian parents. His mother starting attending church about year ago, and got baptized recently. Needless to say, my heart melted. I hope this boy wasn’t saying that just to make me happy, cause it seemed so sweet and sincere. Again, that’s something I will have to leave in the Lord’s hands.