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This Layered Bible Lesson takes a look at how we are seeking God in our everyday lives.
Our family loves to go to the beach! These free Bible study lessons come from many of the experiences we have had as a family when God has revealed Himself in new and creative ways through sea shells, waves, sand and more!
Our prayer is that you and your family will be inspired to seek God wherever you go! And if you get to go to the beach this summer, maybe these will help!
One of our favorite beach activities is to look for sea shells! They don't have to be big or fancy; we love to look for the tiny creations God places there too!
"What Kind of God-seeker are we?"
It's really interesting watching other shell seekers! There are:
Big shell-seekers- these are only watching for the "big scores" - those that can easily be seen and quickly grabbed.
Sifters - these scoop up nets filled with sand and shell pieces in hopes that there may be some whole shells they can pick out and keep.
Waders - these give it all they have! They'll wade out in the water getting their clothes wet in hopes of seeing that special illusive shell! (In our family it's the search for sand dollars!)
Micro-seekers - these stop, bend down, and really seek out the tiny treasures left along the wayside that others have missed.
In watching all of this, it caused me to wonder - what type of
"God-seekers" are we? Are we only noticing the big blessings that are
obvious? Are we sorting through the pieces of life in hopes of finding
a glimpse of Him? Are we willing to take risks and wade out into
unknown waters? Are we stopping along the way long enough to notice the
tiniest of His blessings?
Let's not miss out on Him anywhere! Let's seek Him everywhere! He want to be found!
Jeremiah 29:13 - "You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart."
Psalm 27:8 - "When You said, "Seek My face," my heart said to You, "Your face, O LORD, I shall seek."
For the teaching part of this Bible lesson, use different types of sea shells to demonstrate & remind how uniquely God has created each of us and because of that, it's okay to be different even when it comes to seeking Jesus!
If you're working with kids (young or older), introduce this Bible lesson by allowing them to do some actual "shell-seeking." Hide sea shells (may be purchased at craft stores) or even photos of sea shells for them to search and find.
Lay them all on the table for all to see. Discuss how the shells are different. Are they all still shells? Are some better shells than others? Why or why not?
Either have students turn to Psalm 139:14 and read aloud from different translations or write or print the verse from different translations ahead of time for them to read.
"I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well." NASB
Ask them in what ways has God created them each unique and different like the sea shells. More than likely they will focus on the differences of how people look.
Begin reading Psalm 139 1-14 aloud. Have them then listen again or read for themselves all the other ways they are different - what they do, where they go, what they think, where they live, etc. And even though they are so uniquely different, God has searched them and known them individually. They are that special to Him.
Then read Psalm 139:17-18 aloud:
"How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.
When I awake, I am still with You."
Ask how we can know God's thoughts. You may get answers like "read the Bible", "pray", "go to church", etc.
All those things take action; they take effort on our part; they take "SEEKING."
Just like they moved around the room and looked for the shells, we should be looking for God all around us in our every day life. He wants to be found by us! We can find Him by reading the Bible, praying and going to church, but we can also find Him when we are going about our everyday activities if we sill just look or seek His presence!
Jeremiah 29:11 is a favorite verse of many -
"For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope."
But if you keep reading in verses 12-13 you see something even more wonderful -
"Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart."
God wants to be found! There are some times we go to the beach and really don't find many or any shells, but with God...if we seek Him with all our heart, He will be found...ALWAYS!Allow each person to take a shell or photo of a shell home with them to remind them to seek God every day and that He has made each one of the unique & wonderful!
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