See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that Solomon in all his splendor was not dressed like one of these.

Passing on the faith to children was never meant to be limited to classrooms and churches. Teaching and learning was to happen naturally as families lived life together. Why? Because God is not reserved for that spiritual part of ourselves, he is Lord of all creation and His presence permeates every part of our world. How can we communicate this truth to our children? One of the best ways I know of is looking for those spontaneous moments where God is encountered out in the world, in nature.Psalm 19 tells us:

Psalm 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.”

The trouble is, we are usually too busy to notice. The other night I took a walk up the street to the Tripp farm at dusk and I was moved by the vibrant greens of the wet grass in the twilight and the clouds tipped with deep reds and pinks. It’s there every night, yet I rarely see it. And the thought occurred to me, if I only I had one of my kids with me share this moment.

Consider some of these God-moments that were triggered by nature …

 Psalm 8:3-4a When I consider the heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place. What is man (humanity) that you are mindful of him?

Psalm 139:17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. [Imagine standing on a beach or in the middle of a desert and coming to this realization.]

The Fall colors are coming soon, consider carving out some space in your family’s schedule to be out in God’s world and be watching for Him to show up.

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