Digging Your Ditches & Finding Real Gold

The Lord’s Day was bright, beautiful, and warm. Deana and I took charge of the older Sunday school group. Here’s an idea of what it was like:

  1. First, while we were waiting for a few more children, we had a drawing contest with the subject as Jesus feeding the 5,000.
  2. Second, we asked for spoken prayer requests, and one of the students prayed.
  3. Next, we reviewed their memory verses and a few students read them off.
  4. We then practiced  a song called “Ho Ho Ho Hosanna”. The first line we wave our right arm, second line both arms, third line both arms and right leg, then the last line we end in a jumping jack. We did that three times!
  5. One of of the girls had prepared a puppet show that the others had to guess what story it was about. It was about Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead.
  6. Our object lesson was compassion, so we read a short story about Amy Carmichael, and how she had compassion on the children forced to live in the temple because they couldn’t find a suitable human match, so they were “married to the gods”.
  7. Questions were asked to see what the scholars learned from the story.
  8. This was followed by a sword drill. The children looked up four verses about compassion.
  9. Lastly, we finished up with a game of Around the World, using Bible Trivia cards.

While they were picking out prizes, the Sunday school superintendent (our pastor’s son) came down to the classroom and told Deana and I that his dad was getting ready to hand out the Bibles to all the graduates for this year! We were certainly not prepared for that to happen yet!

The Sunday school was very excited for us, and told us to hurry up and get up there 😄. They are such wonderful children!

Nearly as soon as we walked into the sanctuary, we got called up to the front. Pastor spoke about how proud he is of the youth in our church, and when he handed out each Bible, said something about the four of us standing up there.

I thank the Lord for such a wonderful pastor and church family. Who knows where I would be if it weren’t for the love, support, and encouragement each of the members have given me ever since I can remember.

I love my Bible, and it is very special to me. Thank you, pastor and church family for the lovely gift! I remember when some of my older cousins got there Bibles, and now… It’s happened to me! It felt so long from when I was younger, but now that it actually came and went, I realize just how fast time can fly.

The sermon our pastor preached on was called something like “Conquerors By Preparation”. He talked about the story in 2 Kings 3 where the kings were told by the prophet to dig the valley (in the desert) full of ditches. The deeper they dug, the more water they would receive. They would have an abundance to let all their army and animals drink.

That parallels our spiritual walk with the Lord. Sometimes, it may feel as though we are stuck in a desert, thirsty, and wondering where God is. It is because we slack in our prayer life and don’t read the Bible as we ought to. Dig deeper and deeper into the Word, and draw closer to Him by talking to Him!

After the service, the four of us graduates got our picture with our Bibles.

Also my friend and I planned to match. I don’t know how many times we were asked if it was planned or not!

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Twins for a day!

Then, the three of us girls that are graduating asked our pastor to write a message in the front of our Bibles. Thank you for the kind words!

That afternoon between services, my family and my grandma went back to our house and ate spaghetti for lunch. I was on dish duty afterward… 😝 At least I can help my family, even though dishes aren’t the most fun thing in the world.

Evening church service, the assistant pastor spoke on the differences between fool’s gold, and true gold.

Characteristics of fool’s gold: brittle, not very durable, crystally formation, the shape isn’t quite so deformed, is not worth much if anything, is very common, and its uses cause harm to people.

Real gold: very strong, can be especially deformed when found, super pliable, or easy to work with, and a teeny tiny bit can spread to be very large, and its worth or value is very high.

Can you see where this is headed? When speaking of the antichrist, Jesus says in Matthew 24:24
“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” The antichrist and his followers would look so much like the real thing, that if there was ever a small chance that Christ’s elect could be deceived, they would be. But it is, however, absolutely impossible for that to happen.

Some people get real gold and pyrite (fool’s gold) mixed up, just like they get false Christians and true Christians mixed up. Look at the true characters, how utterly different they are! “By their fruits ye shall know them…”

 

After church that evening, we went to the assistant pastor and his family’s house for sandwiches, watermelon, and other food. We chatted for a while too. Obviously. Normally you don’t have a get-together without talking. 🙃

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! Drop a comment about any Sunday school stories you have, or something about your graduation! Even if it was fifty years ago 😉. What’d y’all think about the quick descriptions of the services we heard yesterday? Also, please visit my Guestbook page! Here’s a fast way to get to it. ⬆️

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