Yesterday, I talked about the impact we were able to have on the VBS we helped with in South Carolina.
But this VBS also had an impact on me…
The subject matter was the journey of Moses and the children of Israel through the wilderness.* A wonderful man from the church dressed as Moses each day and presented the Bible lesson to the children. He was phenomenal!
The children walked the property, going on their own wilderness journey (complete with grumbling and complaining). They ate tasty treats to remind them of the manna and quail the Lord sweetly provided for them in the desert. They learned of the support provided Moses by Aaron and Hur as they tried to hold up their arms as long as they could.
All these lessons were meaningful representations of this period in our history. The children were captivated by “Moses’s” story-telling ability, as well as by the object lessons.
And so was I.
Day four, however, made the biggest impact.
The story was of the Passover. After hearing Moses describe the events, the children were able to paint red on the doorposts of “houses” in a simulated dark, Egyptian evening.
It was very moving.
As I stepped into the darkened room with my group of children, and watched my little boy paint on the doorposts of a “house,” I was moved to tears.
As simple as that act was for the kids, it was meaningful for the world when it really happened.
The foreshadowing of Jesus’ own blood covering the doorframe of my heart became real in a way that it never has before. Even as I write this, several weeks later, I tear up again.
Because of what He did for me, I can live for Him..and with Him.
*Note: I do not know if the ideas were from the curriculum they used or were their own.