Ps 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. (NIV)
Ps 119:130 The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.(NIV)
Ps 119:130 The opening of your words gives light; it gives good sense to the simple. (BBE)
Ps 119:60 I will hurry, and not delay, to obey your commandments. (WEB)
Objects Needed: preschool age puzzle with about 12 large pieces, flashlight, table
Necessary Preparation: This lesson needs to be done in a room that can be completely darkened. If your room has one or more windows, they will need to be covered ahead of time.
Lesson: Let’s talk a little bit today about problem solving. There are countless numbers of books that are sold every year, articles that are put up on the Internet, on the subject of problem solving. Why? Everyone has problems to solve, so people are always looking for good ways to solve their problems.
I have a puzzle here on this table. Now you can see that the pieces are fairly large, something made more for preschool age children than for people your age. It is something that shouldn’t be too difficult to solve. I’m stacking all the pieces on top of each other in one straight pile. These puzzle pieces are going to represent the various parts of a problem we have, maybe certain kids at school or in the neighborhood that are causing a problem for us, or maybe difficult circumstances at home, such as a sick family member or a parent that needs a job.
I now need a volunteer to come up and try to solve this life problem. (Choose a volunteer and stand him/her in front of the puzzle pieces on the table but do not allow the child to move the pieces yet.) There is one more thing we need to do to illustrate our situation. You stay standing here in front of the puzzle, representing your problem. The workers are standing around the classroom so that everyone remains seated. We are going to turn off the light for 1 minute. (Have the worker stationed near the light switch turn off the light now.)
(To the volunteer…) Now during this minute in the dark, I want you to go ahead and do your best to put the puzzle together on your own while I talk about problem solving. When we have a problem, we do our best to solve it, but, usually, we are "in the dark" about how to solve our problem. Have you ever heard that phrase before? Being "in the dark" about a problem means that you really cannot see or think of a clear solution to the problem. But God has given us help to ensure that we are NEVER in the dark about our problems.
(To the volunteer…) Did you solve your problem yet? Is the puzzle completely solved? Of course not. You are still in the dark about the problem and it cannot be solve without light. (Hold the flashlight out in front of you, turn it on, but keep your hand over the front of it so that just a little bit of light is showing.) Now, instead of trying to solve your problem while staying in the dark, look to the light. The light holds the answer to your problem. Even though you only see a little bit of light right now, it is enough to help you to know where to look. You can reach out and take hold of the light. Use this light to solve your problem. (While the volunteer finishes putting the puzzle together, finish explaining your application to the class.)
Psalm 119:105 says, "Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path." God is telling us that His Word, the Bible, is like a light on a dark path, showing us the way to go in our lives. We can’t keep stumbling in the dark with our lives and our problems. We need God’s Word! It is our light! Psalm 119:130 explains this even better. It says, "The opening of your Words gives light; it gives good understanding to the simple." When we open God’s Word and read it, it will give us good understanding to solve our problems. Let’s turn the room lights back on.
Okay. How did you do with your problem? Let’s take a look. Great job. See, all it took was a little bit of light.
As I said earlier, people every year write all kinds of books and articles to help people solve their problems because we all have many problems to solve. However, our problems can be solved if we wise up and quit stumbling around in the dark, trying to solve the problems ourselves. God’s Word is the light that gives direction for the path of our lives. God’s Word is the light that gives us understanding of how to solve our problems. When (volunteer’s name) reached out, took the light, and used it, his problem was solved. If you will reach out daily, take God’s Word-your light-and use it, you will receive from God the understanding you need to solve your problems. Psalm 119:60 says, "I will hurry, and not delay, to obey your commandments." With each of your problems, don’t wait until all else fails you before you turn to God’s Word. As soon as the problem comes up, hurry to obey what God’s Word tells you for your problem.
by Alisa J. Linn
Children’s Ministry Today