As I mentioned a few posts ago, I am now teaching the 1-2 year old class on Sunday mornings. I am really enjoying the kids. I have been trying to find as many visuals as I can find to help the little ones better understand the lessons. I recently ordered some Bible story books from ebay - they are from Arch Books and they have colorful pictures and all the pages have cute rhymes to tell the stories.
I was reading Moses and the Bronze Snake story to Levi recently. (Numbers 21:4-9) He was absolutely enthralled with this story - mostly because it involved poisonous snakes biting people. The story book shows people with snake bites on their arms and legs.
I have this terrible, awful fear of snakes - it matters not if they are poisonous or if they are no larger than a fishing worm - I hate them, fear them, and literally cannot control my actions when I come face to face with one. My children have seen my reaction to snakes in the past and they seem to find some sort of sick amusement in constantly talking about snakes or showing me pictures of snakes in books. So, needless to say, this story will no doubt be one of Levi's favorites for many years to come. I was really impressed that he got the idea of the lesson, though. When I asked him why God sent the snakes through the camp, he said "because they were grumbly".
Grumbly - or grumbling - as the NKJ version states it. Wow-that hit home to me. Now, I have read that story many times, but for some reason, this time I actually GOT IT! What if God were to send snakes to my home because of my grumbling? Yikes! I would have been bitten many times. (I really hope I don't have nightmares about this). It's not that I'm always ungrateful or "grumbly", but there are days when nothing seems to go right, and then I start. . . . "I hate doing laundry", "why do I have to mow the yard again?" "why can't these kids keep their toys picked up?" "I am so sick of cooking and doing dishes" . . . . . you get the idea. It seems so harmless, but in reality, I am complaining against God - the great Creator who has blessed me so much. I have laundry to do - thank Him for having clothing and a washing machine. I have a yard to mow - thank Him for beautiful grass and a place to live. I have children who throw their toys around - what a blessing to have little ones and money to buy them toys. I have to cook and do dishes - again, thankfully we have food to eat each day - more than we should in fact!
My new goal is to not complain - to try to see things in a different way - I saw on a friend's facebook status the other day: