“What does ‘abundance’ mean ,mum?” my seven year old son’s rather muffled voice asked, from behind a rather dog-eared magazine featuring local wildlife, botany and local history.
The family are very interested in the good things that God has given us, like the beautiful countryside, wildlife, the birds, and we usually have books in abundance lying on the coffee table; on the floor; by the bed; in the cupboards, and on bookshelves! They just cannot be overlooked!
Today, Daniel had picked up the latest issue of one of our local Scottish magazines, and was curled up quite happily thumbing his way through the pages, passing the time away.
Ah yes! That word ‘Abundance’.
Back to the question in hand!
“Sorry, darling. What was that you were asking mummy?” I replied.
‘It says here that the daffodils are in ‘abundance.’ What does that mean, mummy?’
I stopped what I was doing and walked over to where Daniel was sitting and peered over the page he was looking at. There was a photograph of a huge bed of daffodils and the caption underneath it read, ‘A blooming natural yellow carpet!’
“Well, I think I know just the way to explain that word to you, but you will have to wait until dinner. Can you wait for a little while?”
“Mmmmm…..OK. Your going to show me? How can you show me what it means? ” my seven year old asked, looking at me quizzically..
“Just be patient and you will see!” I chuckled.
I returned to the kitchen and opened up the food cupboard. There they were! Yes, these would do just fine for my illustration.
I took the packet out and placed it on the kitchen unit. I pondered on how such a simple food item could be such a great way to explain this word ‘abundance.’
I smiled, and recalled that Biblical verse in the Gospel of John, ‘I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.’ John 10:10 (NKJV)
‘Daniel, wash your hands then come to the table. Your dinner is ready,’ I hollered, from the kitchen through to the lounge.
He shuffled in, as kids do!
‘Put your magazine down and sit yourself on that chair there.‘ I pointed to the chair next to mine, so I could explain to him what ‘abundance’ means.
‘Are you hungry?’ I asked
‘Uh huh. Mum……you said you would show me what that word meant!’ he added hastily.
‘OK. I’m just coming along. Now, here we are; your very favourite dish……noodles.’
I placed the plate before him, as I sidled along side him into my own chair.
‘See those noodles on your plate, are there lots and lots of them?’ I asked Daniel
‘I really don’t know if I can eat them all, mum. There’s heaps!’
I laughed. ’Well, that’s OK. You eat what you can. Anyway, you have noticed there are ‘lots and lots’ of noodles, and possibly too much for you to eat. ’Abundance’ means when there is plenty, and possibly at times, there is more than enough! So, the daffodils you saw in the magazine and the comment you were reading, was telling you there were lots and lots of daffodils!’
‘Cool, mum. I understand now.' Then, getting impatient he asked, 'But please, I want to eat my noodles!’
‘Go on then…… but before you do, lets give thanks to God for giving us an ’abundance’ of daffodils and ‘oodles’ of noodles! You see, that’s another word that means the same thing as ‘abundance.’ Can you remember that?’
‘Yeah mum, sure I can! OODLES OF NOODLES!!’ Daniel excitedly exclaimed.
And then we thanked God for His abundance to us.
Sometimes our kids need, not only an explanation, but visual props to help them understand something a lot quicker and easier. I could have pointed to the photo and just explained that there were lots of flowers and that's what abundance meant. However, we can make learning much more fun by using simple everyday items to illustrate our words. This one was fun to do, and helped Daniel understand just a little more clearly what ‘abundance’ meant. Have fun with your kids in this way, and they will learn well, and you too will enjoy the process whilst teaching them.
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