Summer picnics or walks in the park are perfect opportunities to teach children about God’s creation. Use Genesis chapter one as the plan for showing how great God is. I have included extra reading from other parts of the Bible that will add to the experience and a few facts that older children will find interesting.
So pack a lunch, gather the children and your Bible and head for the park.
In the beginning:
Genesis 1:1,2 - God created the earth and the heavens. The earth was formless and dark. The Holy Spirit of God was hovering over the earth. Hovering means that He was loving it, warming or cherishing it.
Genesis 1:3,5- God said “Let there be light.” And there was light! God said it and it was so! God called the light “day” and the dark, “night.”
Revelation 21:23-25 tells us that eventually God will take away all darkness.
Genesis 1:6-8 - God spoke and the waters in the heavens and the waters of the earth separated. God called the expanse in the middle “sky.”
[Water above the earth? Scientists tell us there is water continually in the air above the earth. They estimate that it weighs 54,460,000,000,000 tons!]
Genesis 1:9-13 – God spoke and the water on the earth divided into oceans and rivers and lakes. He named the dry land, earth and the waters, oceans. God saw that it was good.
God spoke again and the earth produced all kinds of plants and trees.
Genesis 1:14-19 – God said “Lights!” and the stars and the sun and moon appeared in the sky. He put them there to light up the earth and to mark the seasons, days and the years. When people look at them, they see God’s power and believe in Him.
The birth of Jesus: Matthew 2:2
Jesus’ return: Luke 21:25
The seasons: Psalm 104:19-23
Genesis 1:20-23 – God spoke and instantly the oceans were teaming with fish and all kinds of sea creatures and the sky was filled with all kinds of birds. God blessed them and said “Be fruitful and reproduce and fill the oceans with sea creatures and the earth with birds.”
Genesis 1:24,25 – God spoke again and He made wild animals and livestock and small animals and reptiles and such. And bugs too!
Genesis 1:26-31 – Then God said “Let’s make human beings in our image.” And a man and a woman were made in God’s image, reflecting His nature, with a special closeness and communication with Him. He put them on the earth to enjoy it and to take care of it.
God looked at everything He had made and thought it was beautiful.
Genesis 2:1-3 – God had finished His work and on the seventh day He rested and He blessed that day and made it holy and special.