Have you ever taken a Mystery Walk? I have, and actually we all take one every day. Because when we come right down to it, life is a mystery. We can’t know what tomorrow holds, or even if we will have any tomorrows. And it’s sometimes hard to know which path to follow, let alone explain it to our kids!
Well, here’s a fun, meaningful activity you might want to try: a Family Mystery Walk, led by Father Abraham! Kids love this activity, especially if you build up the mystery of it, because they love surprises! If you want, you can simply use this as a fun family activity. Excercise and fresh air never do any harm. And fun family times are something kids always treasure!
Teach your kids to follow God
Or better yet, use the Mystery Walk as an opportunity to talk about the mystery of following God. Recount how God called Abraham to leave his home, country, and family (Genesis 12). And that he didn’t even know where he was going! Bring out how scared and confused he might have felt.
Explain that God did it because he had a greater plan for Abraham’s life. And also to have him leave his people who had become so evil they even burnt their own children to false gods. He wanted Abraham to live differently. And though it seems crazy to start a trip without knowing where you’re going, obeying God is what counts, because he always knows the right direction to take.
How to take the Mystery Walk
⌚ Set a time deadline – or you might wind up going in circles for a long time.
🏡 Stand in front of your house and flip a coin to determine which direction to start out in.
🪙 Then continue flipping it at each corner or every few corners.
⬅️ Heads means go left until you come to a new Decision Point.
➡️ Tails means you turn right.
⬆️ A dropped coin means continue straight ahead.
🗨️ As you proceed, explain how Abraham instead of flipping a coin prayed, asking God to direct his footsteps.
🙏🏽 Tell them they can do the same thing. And then teach them the following 6 steps for learning to follow God, step by step!
6 principles to help kids F-O-L-L-O-W God
Fellowship with God. Teach them to pray so that they can get to know him, and recognize his voice.
Obey God by doing what you know is right. Ask yourself, “What would Jesus do?” And then do that!
Listen to the guides God puts in your life. Like parents, family, pastors, and Sunday school teachers.
Love God’s Word. Read the word to and with your kids so that they will learn to love it, learn from it, and how to obey it.
Observe what happens around them. God often uses circumstances and events, like he did with using the famine to move Abraham to Egypt.
Worry Not. Following God is stepping into the unknown. It’s scary and confusing, but God promises to lead us and take care us.
Make it practical
Now make it practical and help your kids face their unknowns. Because kids do face them, though we sometimes forget that.
Perhaps your family is planning a move. That’s an unknown, especially if they’ve never lived anywhere else. Maybe a family member is critically ill. Another unknown. Or surely they wonder what they’ll be when they grow up – kids usually do!
Teaching kids how to walk with God can help them face the unknowns in their life and face them with peace and tranquility.Tweet
Life is full of unknowns. But these 6 simple steps to following God can make it a little more understandable. And be sure to remind them that we have something Abraham didn’t! The Word of God as a light for our path. Which shows us not only the way to walk, but how we should walk it.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.Psalms 119:105
Learning to follow God is a lifelong lesson. Start now teaching kids to follow the signposts, while they’re still at home and you are present to guide them. And help them see that though sometimes scary, following God is also a great adventure. And a safe one!
And who knows, perhaps they’ll grow up to kill giants, or rescue their people like Queen Esther did!