sunday school lesson god provides every day

sunday school lesson god provides every day

“God Provides Every Day” – A Sunday School Lesson In Being Grateful And Patient

This Sunday school lesson on being grateful and patient centers around a story that all children can relate to.  Bubbles and balloons are used to represent the difference between material things and the things that really matter – like family, love and health.

Materials:

– bottle of dollar store bubbles with bubble wand inside

– bag of dollar store balloons – larger size.

 

Once upon a time a kid named Peter totally wanted an iPod. He prayed every day. When his birthday came around a few weeks later, lo and behold! An iPod! 

“Wow, this prayer thing really works,” Peter said to himself.

 A few hours later, he was up on his dad’s computer trying to download music. The computer kept crashing.

“Why did God give me this iPod if He won’t help me download any music?” he grumbled.

“Give the computer a rest tonight. We’ll shut down and try again tomorrow.”

The next day, Peter downloaded fifteen songs.

So Peter tried again. “Lord, I really want a puppy. Please bring me one.”

A few days later, Peter saw a dog up the street without a collar on. “God really answers prayers,” he said. “Thanks, God.”

When his mom came in from work and saw the dog, she said, “Who does he belong to?”

“Me!” Peter said. “He doesn’t have a collar, and he showed up on our street just a couple days after I started praying for a dog.”

“Peter, I know you really want a dog, but this one probably belongs to someone.  Let me check around.”

Sure enough, a grateful neighbor scurried up to the door after Peter’s mom sent out a Twitter text to everyone she knew in the neighborhood. “Thank you so much!” The woman said tearfully. “I was starting to think that Brandy had been stolen or hit by a car.”

“Ya know, he probably would have found his way home if you hadn’t brought him in the house,” his mom said.

“But”¦I prayed for a dog, and it showed up!”

Peter went to bed, thinking God must have a mean streak for tricking him, for getting his hopes up.

Three weeks later, Peter’s dad took him to the dog pound to look at dogs. “Pete, these dogs are all too big for our house. We don’t have a big enough yard for any of these. We said you could have a small dog. We’ll have to keep looking.”

Peter felt dejected, slammed the car door and said, “This praying thing doesn’t work! I wanted my dog today!”

“Where’s your iPod?” Dad asked, remembering Peter’s tale about answered prayer.

“Oh wow”¦I don’t even know! I kind of got tired of the same fifteen songs. I prayed for more music, but you kept saying the economy is bad and I had to wait. I hope I didn’t leave it in school!”

When Peter got home, he checked his room and all over his house. No iPod anywhere.

“I definitely think this prayer thing doesn’t work,” he said.

His father sighed, weary of Peter’s complaining. “Keep track of your belongings, and don’t blame it on God! Maybe you’ll find it in school tomorrow.”

And Peter did. But he wasn’t very happy. He had prayed for more songs, which he hadn’t gotten yet, and he really wanted a dog, and his trip to the Humane Society turned out to be a bust.

Dad reminded him of the Israelites in the desert. How quickly they forgot that God had freed them by throwing back the waters of the Red Sea. Soon after, they were complaining because they didn’t have food. God provided the food, and they tried to save it. When it spoiled, they were unhappy again.

“Why don’t you try being grateful for what you do have?” Dad asked.

It’s hard for us to remember what we have when there’s something we want. But guess what? There’s always something we want.

Take out your bottle of bubbles and the bubble blower.

Sometimes the things we want are like bubbles. They shoot out into the air and look very fun and beautiful.

Blow some bubbles.

However, when we forget what we already have, our feelings start to sink.

Blow again, tell the children not to break them, and watch them get close to the ground.

When we’re not grateful enough, and when we’re not patient enough, our desires burst, like Peter’s did. Most of our desires are short term. We often get the item and then stop caring about it because something else gets to be a want. Then we want that thing.

Blow more bubbles.

Sometimes, we can enjoy those fleeting things for a while longer, though.

Catch a bubble on your bubble blower.

Bubbles are fun. For a while. But they always break. We have to remember to be thankful for the important things of God – the things that last.

Put the bubbles down and bring out a balloon – one that you’ve already blown up once, so it will blow up easily.

Like our freedom. Blow into the balloon, then pinch it.

Like the people who love us. Blow into the balloon, then pinch again.

Like our health and what we can do with it. Blow into the balloon, then pinch again.

And most importantly, for a God who always cares and will always provide for our needs.

Tie a knot in the balloon and toss it into the air.

 

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