It was a beautiful day on Sunday, and a great day to talk about God’s presence in yet another part of the natural world.
Our focus was a line from the story of Nicodemus in John 3 – verse 8, which says: 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
We talked about how our lives can be confusing to other people when we follow God – that sometimes we are like a napkin or a plastic bag blowing in the wind – hard to catch, hard to predict what will happen next. How when we treat our friends nicely and strangers with respect, other people might be confused by us. That when we listen to what God is calling us to do, our lives might move many different places and change in different ways like something being blown by the wind.
We played games where one person is the leader and changes what the rest of the group is doing and one person has to come in from outside to guess who it is who is the leader initiating the changes. We talked about how we can see the effects of the changes the leader is making but it can be hard to figure out who it is who is initiating the changes or what is coming next.
For our stations, we focused on wind and air – watercolour cards with birds and butterflies, pinwheels that blow in the wind, and wind chimes. All of these items will be sold next week after the service to help support kids attending summer camp at Lake Scugog! As the weather warms into spring, consider making something as a family that will remind you of God’s spirit moving like the wind this summer – it could be a wind sock or wind chimes, a kite, a model plane, the image of a bird, or anything else you can think of!
-What do you like about wind? What do you not like about it? How can it be helpful to us (i.e. wind power, sailing, etc.)? How can it be challenging (i.e. strong winds make it hard to walk, strong winds like tornadoes destroy buildings)?
-How can God’s presence be like that in our lives? Have you ever felt God pushing you toward something like a wind? Have you ever just wanted calm but it felt like God was pushing you into action?
-How can God be like air, invisible yet fully present and essential to life? What are the things that help us to know wind/air is present (i.e. things are moved by it, we can breathe)? What, like that, are secondary things that can remind us of God’s presence even when we can’t directly see or sense it all the time?