April showers bringing May flowers can show kids a great deal about the Christian life. The showers are a lot like those times we have to wait on God to deliver the answers to our prayers. This April Showers Object Lesson, using an eyedropper to fill a small Dixie cup, will help kids understand that “waiting for the sun to come out” is normal part of life they need to live with! In the end you’ll make lemonade out of all April’s lemons.
April Showers Object Lesson: Eye-Dropper April Madness
– Clean, scrubbed eyedropper (or baby medicine dropper if you don’t have one, but if you use the latter, use a bigger container, like an empty water bottle)
– Pitcher of water – clear pitcher is best – 3/4 full
– Wooden spoon for stirring
– Small clear Dixie cup
– Lemonade mix
– Several cut-up strawberries
– Mint leaves
1. Cut up the strawberries into four to six pieces each.
2. Wash and separate mint leaves into a couple sprigs of three leaves each.
3. Put the ice in the pitcher of water so it doesn’t melt.
4. Put the cup, pitcher, and eyedropper in front of you.
How many of you have heard the saying, “April showers bring May flowers?” What does it mean? It means that it rains a lot in April so that the flowers will grow in May. Has it been particularly rainy in April so far? Let them discuss this. Some areas will be more rainy than others. If it has not rained a lot in your area, describe some other areas during the rainy season.
Which month is more fun for playing outside or just being outside? April or May? May. Have you ever had a time when you kept looking out the window to see if the sun will come out, and it just is so rainy? Take answers. Have you ever planned to go spring camping or to an outdoor event of some sort, and the rain ruined it? It got cancelled? Take answers.
Begin to fill the eyedropper from the pitcher and use it to fill the Dixie cup. Do this slowly, over and over, as you talk.
Sometimes God uses nature to show us things about his nature or his character, or what he is hoping we will do with our lives. April showers and other rainy days help us to practice what virtue? Patience.
The sun will come out again, but we have to wait for it. In life, we may have looked really forward to something happening now, and we have to wait for the rain date. Have you ever prayed for something good – a healing, a pet, a friend to quit being mad – and you started to think it would never happen? Let them being up examples.
Waiting on something good”¦It’s a little like trying to fill this cup with an eyedropper, isn’t it? How long will it take until it is filled?
Filling this cup is a lot like waiting for God’s answers. God does hear us, and when we are praying in his will, he starts working immediately.
Because other people are involved – and other people’s freedom of choice – we often get delayed answers. We have to go through an “April of showers” before the “May flowers” of our lives show up.
One thing we can do while we are patiently waiting for “the sun to come out” in any “cloudy circumstances” in life is to have faith.
Pass the cup and the eyedropper and pitcher around. Let the students add a few drops. Read the following Scriptures as each student takes a turn:
YET THE LORD LONGS TO BE GRACIOUS TO YOU;
THEREFORE HE WILL RISE UP TO SHOW YOU COMPASSION.
FOR THE LORD IS A GOD OF JUSTICE.
BLESSED ARE ALL WHO WAIT FOR HIM!
THE NIGHT IS NEARLY OVER;
THE DAY IS ALMOST HERE.
SO LET US PUT ASIDE THE DEEDS OF DARKNESS
AND PUT ON THE ARMOR OF LIGHT.
FOR, “IN JUST A LITTLE WHILE,
HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME AND WILL NOT DELAY.”
BUT THEY WHO WAIT FOR THE LORD SHALL RENEW THEIR STRENGTH;
THEY SHALL MOUNT UP WITH WINGS LIKE EAGLES;
THEY SHALL RUN AND NOT BE WEARY;
THEY SHALL WALK AND NOT FAINT.
“NOW SUPPOSE ONE OF YOU FATHERS IS ASKED BY HIS SON FOR A FISH;
HE WILL NOT GIVE HIM A SNAKE INSTEAD OF A FISH, WILL HE?
“OR IF HE IS ASKED FOR AN EGG, HE WILL NOT GIVE HIM A SCORPION, WILL HE?
“IF YOU THEN, BEING EVIL, KNOW HOW TO GIVE GOOD GIFTS TO YOUR CHILDREN,
HOW MUCH MORE WILL YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER GIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT TO THOSE WHO ASK HIM?”
Take the eyedropper back, along with the cup and pitcher. The cup should be getting full.
Hold up the cup. Once we have been patient, that’s when God is not far off. Then God’s strength and loyalty to you begins to show up. God’s work starts to be seen”¦
Pour the water back into the pitcher. Add lemonade mix and stir.
Just as surely as God brings the flowers of May, God can make “lemonade” our of our lemon times – he can make something sweet out of our troubles.
Add the strawberry parts and mint. You now have a special drink.
You all waited patiently. You all participated in the waiting game. Now, drink up the fruits of your labor!
Serve lemonade in cups.
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