Aloha from Karen Whiting. I hope you’re keeping warm!
The news and many dads are focusing on the upcoming super bowl football game. Sports engage guys and also many gals. It’s a good bridge to read books about sports and sport heroes. Contests go far back. Early paintings in cave dwellings depict running and wrestling. Modern Olympics are based on the Olympics held in ancient Greece.
Enjoy reading about sports and talking about how many people like to watch sports. Spend some time watching your children exercise or run and play a sport. Snap photos and create a small scrapbook of their sports involvement. Take short phone videos to send to family. Then chat about a favorite book that involves sports.
In the midst or cold weather and snow it can be hard to get out to run around, but it’s still important to exercise both body and mind. Consider holding a fun exercise contest during the super bowl halftime.
Read about sports in the Bible before of after the game. Check out archery in Genesis 21:20 and 1 Samuel 20 (where Jonathon used his skill to signal David); running in 1 Kings 18:41-46 where Elijah ran faster than a horse and chariot or Paul’s chat about races in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; or Jacob wrestling in Genesis32:22-25.
I enjoyed writing about sports and sport heroes when I wrote The One Year Devotions for Active Boys. We can learn a lot from athletes who have struggled and overcome obstacles, especially ones who follow Jesus.
I have loved watching my nephews crawl. Isaac, especially, was the master of speedy crawling. He could cover an incredible amount of ground in the blink of an eye. Whenever he would start heading in the wrong direction, we’d pick him up and point him in a new direction. He’s pretty easy to get along with, so he usually didn’t mind being redirected. His brother Caleb, however, is 3 1/2, and I dare you to try picking him up and redirecting him when he wants to go in another! He will listen (eventually) but it may not be pretty. In both cases, however, the motive behind redirecting them is usually the same-love and concern for their well-being.
But what happens when we grow up and need someone to redirect us? Thankfully, our loving Heavenly Father is still willing to pick us up and point us in a new direction. Sometimes it’s a quiet nudge. Sometimes it’s a firm sense that something is not right. Sometimes it’s by letting us run into a firmly closed door. And sometimes it’s by sending a large fish to swallow us and hold on to us until we are ready to listen to instruction.
The story of God redirecting Jonah, through a storm and a large fish, is a story full of wisdom and truth. Here is a roundup of activities to help you share Jonah’s story with children.
Did you miss a previous Bible story resource roundup? You can find them all below. Enjoy!
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