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One of the fun things about our science experiments is that they demonstrate God and His nature every time. These youth Sunday school lessons use science experiments to show that things are not always as they appear.
Colossians 3:1-2 “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above…set your affections on things above, not on things of the earth.”
• Clear Glass
• Tap water
• 2 pennies
1. Drop the pennies beside one another on the floor
2. Fill your glass with tap water
3. Put it on top of one penny and let the water settle
4. Stand up and then compare the two
Which penny looks bigger? Which looks closer?
The penny under the glass, to some people, looks like it’s been raised maybe an inch off the floor somehow. To others, it merely looks slightly bigger.
As light enters the water in the glass, the speed at which it is traveling slows down. The rounded shape of the glass (and hence, of the water) causes the light to bend outwards. As it bends, it extends the image it surrounds outward slightly
as well, making the object appear larger. It works as a magnifier. This is one reason never to trust what you see when jumping into a pool or lake. The bottom of the water can look closer than it is, and people jumped in water over their heads, thinking they would be able to stand up easily.
This experiment shows us again that things are not always as they appear. Things were made to look bigger than they actually were.
In this life, we make a big deal out of things like cars and houses and clothes and possessions. They take up a big space in our minds—sometimes too often! But Colossians 3:1 tells us, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above…set your affections on things above, not on things of the earth.” When we get to heaven, the glass will be taken away.We’ll see then how small and unimportant those things really were.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself. Then, God will give you just the right amount of all that good stuff.