A friend is teaching 2, 3 and 4 year-olds in Vacation Bible School this week. Last night she taught creation.
She used poster boards and numbered them 1-7.
For Day 1, she had all the children tightly close their eyes and cover their eyes with their hands and then she cut off the lights. She said, “This is dark. It’s the night.” Then she cut on the lights and had them uncover and open their eyes, “This is light, like daytime,” she said.
She went through each day with wonderfully simple explanations.
On Day 5, she held up the poster with birds and fish and asked, “What did God create on Day Five?” One little boy yelled, “CHICKEN AND FISH!!”
On Day 7, she said to the group, “On Day Seven God looked at what he created and was happy, so what did he do?” A little girl answered, “He took a nap!”
My friend agreed, “Yes, He rested.”
Whether you believe the creation story or you believe, as the comedian Stephen Wright says, “Religion is about two people arguing who has the better imaginary friend,” you’ve got to the appreciate my friend’s creativity.
When she told me about last night she said, “It’s all about communicating with them on a level they understand.”
Ain’t that the truth.
Are you doing that with the folks around you? Are they doing it with you?