Even with protests from one who would prefer to stay home, I packed a quick lunch of finger foods, grabbed my camera and a blanket, and ushered my two students out the door. We read something last week that I have been ruminating on and I wanted to share that bigness with the girls. It takes all of five minutes to get to the beach, and within that time all complaints about leaving the house had subsided. I did promise that we wouldn’t be there for too long, though.
How could you not want to come here every day?
Object lessons tend to remain with us longer than words on paper. Our minds work by painting pictures, and to see those pictures come to life can make something we read, and even believe without actually seeing, become reality and even more believable. The images we created in our minds are played out in front of us–something easier to grasp, to remember. Meaning becomes meaningful.
Last week we read Psalm 139. It says
“How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand!”
This is what I wanted my girls to experience, the object lesson that I wanted engrained into their minds. Before the words I quoted above, the psalm talks about how God knew the psalmist before he was even born. “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book.” God was thinking about my girls before they were and He continues to think about them. His thoughts about us outnumber the grains of sand.
That is a lot of thoughts. I had the girls pick up a handful of sand and let it sift through their fingers. It would be difficult enough to count the grains in these small palms.
The psalms are poetry and full of imagery. Who knows exactly how many thoughts God has about each of us, but the point is, He thinks about us. A lot. From before we were, to now, to forever in the future. Everyone.
There’s enough sand to go around.
I’m so thankful when school and life can coincide big like this. And all in less than 45 minutes. Even if you aren’t a homeschooler you can seize upon opportunities to create object lessons. I need to keep my eyes open to more of them.
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