Miss Jenny took her four year-olds outside for their Sunday School lesson. There were six children.
Three boys and three girls walked quietly past the water fountain and out the back of the church.
Miss Jenny opened the door and motioned the children outside into the bright sunshine.
The children shaded their eyes from the sun’s glare, but hurried outside towards the play yard.
Miss Jenny allowed the children to play for a few minutes, before calling them back to the sidewalk. She said we are going to have our lesson outside today. We are not going to sit down or use our books today.
She asked the children to form a line along the edge of the sidewalk toward the sunshine. All the children faced Miss Jenny. She asked the children, “Where does God live?”
Some of the children answered, “In heaven.”
Others answered, “In out hearts.”
“That’s right,” said Miss Jenny.
She then asked, “Can you see God?”
“No,” they replied.
“Well, then how do we know where he is?” asked Miss Jenny.
Two of the children shrugged. Two looked around wondering. The two others said, “We just do.”
“We just do,” repeated Miss Jenny.
“I am going to ask you to turn away from the sunshine and look down on the pavement and tell me what you see on the ground in front of you,” she said.
All the children turned around and looked down. The sunshine was behind them and it caused a shadow to form from their feet across the sidewalk.
They could see their own shadows and told Miss Jenny. Miss Jenny walked in front of each child and asked, “Whose shadow is this?”
Each child claimed his shadow.
Next Miss Jenny had the children lean back and forth and move their arms up and down. All the shadows danced around.
“Now,” Miss Jenny said, “Turn to your side. Where is your shadow now?”
“Beside me,” answered the first little boy. “So is mine,” said another. All the children identified their shadows to their side.
Miss Jenny had the children turn all the way around and face the other direction. She asked, “Where is your shadow now?”
All the children responded, “It is still beside me.” “Me, too.” “So is mine.”
Next Miss Jenny asked the children to turn back towards her and face the sunshine. “Where is your shadow now?” she asked.
The children looked down in front of them and to each side and could not see their shadows.
Miss Jenny had the children to look over their shoulder. There they found their shadows - behind them.
Everyone turned around. Miss Jenny asked the children to walk with her as she told them a story. The children watched their shadows tag along beside them.
“God is like our shadow. When we need Him we can usually find Him right beside us just like a friend. Just like a shadow He will walk beside us and we are never alone,” said Miss Jenny. “See our shadows beside us.”
“Then there are other times when He is in front of us, clearing the path. He makes the way for us,” Miss Jenny told the children. “Remember when our shadow was in front of us?”
“Other times, He is behind us, picking up the pieces and cleaning up our messes,” explained Miss Jenny.
“When we couldn’t see our shadow we found it behind us.”
“Shadows help remind us where God is,” explained Miss Jenny.
“There will be sometimes, though when you cannot find your shadow. You will look around and wonder where it is. The sun may be hidden and your shadow can’t be seen. At those times, it is right underneath you. The sun creates our shadows and we must find the sun to see our shadows.”
“There will be times when you wonder where God is. You will look to your left and to your right, in front and in back. But don’t worry, just like your shadow He is still there. We just have to look toward the Son.”
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