There are some Sunday School lessons which leave songs sticking in your head. Last weeks Bible lesson of Pentecost is not one of those lessons. This weeks lesson, Peter and John heal a lame man has a song stuck in my head, which of course I know all of one part of it.
What I learn from Peter and John heal a lame man
There’s two big things standing out to me as I go over this Bible lesson.
God doesn’t always give us what we want, sometimes He gives us better. The lame man just wanted food for the day. That’s all he asked for, a few pennies to buy a meal. Peter turns him down and heals him. That is much better, isn’t it?
It reminded me of an old Garth Brooks song (hey, I’m from Texas, I have to know a few country songs) “Unanswered Prayers,” I couldn’t find a good recording of him, so this is the closest to his actually singing the song.
Sometimes God says “”No, I have better for you child.” This time the beggar got his better right away, but we don’t always see what his better is until we look back on life.
We must follow what God calls us to do. The men from the temple told them not to preach anymore, but Peter and John said “We must speak what God has told us to speak.” We all have something God has called us to do. For some it is to travel across the world and sneak into a country to preach God’s Word. For others it is to live a “quiet life,” loving their family and neighbors, showing God’s love that way. But if you are doing it to the best of your ability and in the way God has called you, then it is a great work.
Peter and John heal a lame man activities
I mentioned a song stuck in my head, of course I chose to get it stuck in your heads as well. Also, I’m delaying writing about my disastrous activity.
Here was my great idea. I’d spread a piece of butcher paper (or in this case, paper from our easel) on the floor, and I’d put big globs of paint on the paper. Then the kids would walk and jump through it and we’d get these really neat footprints, and when the paint had dried I’d write “Walking, and leaping and praising God!” on it, and hang the whole thing up.
And I had this brilliant idea that after they walked through the paint they’d step into a bucket of water and clean off their feet, no problem, no mess. It was BRILLIANT! (You can’t see the mad gleam in my eye, but it’s there).
Well, they went through it once and there weren’t really any cool footprints, but the paint was spread around more and the kids were having lots of fun, and it had quickly cleaned their feet.
They asked to do it again, see that’s my mistake. I said yes. So, they happily walked through it again, and tracked more water around. Then someone noticed the dog wanted in.
Luckily I grabbed the dog and got him back out before he really went through the paint too much.
Long and short of it, I ended up with the kids dancing and playing in the paint, which kind of was what I wanted, but it sure wasn’t making my cute footrpints. More of making my kitchen look like a crime scene.
Yes, you heard that right. I said crime scene. Apparently I weighted it towards red and pink, and that combined to make a rather bloody looking kitchen.
We mopped the floor three times the next day to get all the paint up before our dinner guests came over.
In the end I just wasn’t willing to try again. So no great pinterest worthy craft today.
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Coming next week (or whenever we get the activity done and written): Stephen, the first Martyr