Spring is in the air and sprouts are already coming up in my front flower beds! It won’t be long until it’s time to grab the gardening gloves and get to work. I’ve found that gardens are a wonderful place for children to enjoy. Whether weeding or watering, working in the garden is a great place for children to learn and watch things grow. The garden is also a wonderful place to learn spiritual lessons! Let’s check out 4 spiritual lessons to teach your kids in the garden.
- Before anything can begin to grow, a seed must be planted.
Perhaps this first lesson is more for us parents than our children. We can’t expect spiritual growth if we haven’t taught our kiddos about Jesus. If they don’t know how much he loves them, that he died for them and that he longs for all of us to be part of his forever family, then we can’t expect the seed of faith to begin to grow. Don’t forget to deposit daily seeds of your faith. Instill moments of talking to God and reading his word into your children and God promises that his word will not return empty.
- The roots of a plant provide nourishment.
While it’s fun to see all the beautiful leaves and eventually the fruit of our gardens, don’t forget to teach your children what happens underground. The things we can’t see under the earth are essential to growing a healthy plant. When roots form and make their way through the dirt, they tap into water sources and nutrients that feed the plant. As Christians, God’s Word is our foundation for life. When we allow the roots of his promises to provide nourishment, we spiritually grow into healthy Christians.
One simple way to teach this lesson is to plant a seed in a clear cup of dirt. This allows a peek into the underground world to watch those beautiful roots taking shape and forming a strong foundation.
- The deeper the roots, the stronger the plant.
One day my husband challenged my son to see if he could pull out a weed. Now my husband knew that this weed had been growing for quite some time and although it wasn’t very tall, the roots were probably quite deep. My son tried his hardest to pull out the weed, but he couldn’t. Together they began to dig into the ground and after a few minutes, out came the weed. The roots were almost as big as the plant itself!
The roots of faith grow deeper and deeper when we are consistently nurturing them. When the strong winds of discouragement come, we won’t be blown over if we’ve grown deep roots. When things happen that make us want to wilt, we’ll be able to withstand them.
- Without water, the plant will not live.
Just as plants cannot live without water, so is our spiritual life without water. We need spiritual watering to not only survive, but to thrive! Teaching our children that when we go to church, pray, and spend time reading God’s Word, as well as faith-filled books, then we are receiving water that will help us grow spiritually.