As a junior in high school, I remember going on a mission’s trip to Provo, Utah. Every morning as we started our vacation Bible school, I stood before a great wall of mountains. It literally took my breath away! I now know the literal meaning of this phrase! There was something awe-inspiring about standing before a huge wall of mountains that filled my heart with amazement.
Now that I’m a parent, I desire that my children grow to understand this amazingly big, yet relatable God that I know on a personal level. Children have wild imaginations and sometimes it is hard to keep up with their ever-growing questions. Do your children ever ask you deep things that catch you off guard? Their little brains are wired with BIG IMAGINATIONS!
But did you know, it’s impossible to out-imagine God? He sets up time, creates day and night, and speaks things into existence. From the largest mountain down to the tiniest piece of sand on the beach. What an amazing God we have! He is our everlasting and unparalleled Creator. God is powerful, purposeful and personal.
How can we make this amazing God relatable to our children? One way is through science! Psalm 19:1 says,
The heavens tell the glory of God, and the skies announce what His hands have made.
5 Conversations about God And Science to Have with Your Kids
THE STARS IN THE SKY
Find a night where the stars are numerous and bright! Lay out on blankets with your family, look up and talk about the amazing God who made the stars and the wide-open sky, yet desires to have a personal relationship with each of us! Ask your children something like, “Why do you think God created stars and people? How do each of them show God’s glory?” Let’s instill an attitude of awe in our children and point the glory back to God! Read more in this post about how God’s marvelous creation of space is indescribable.
THE SMALLEST DETAILS OF GOD’S CREATURES
Ask your children, “Do you think God cares about details?” God has a reason for designing all His creatures the way He did. Sit around the table and talk about each person’s favorite animal. Have each person grab a piece of paper and draw their chosen animal. When everyone is done, do a simple google search on each creature. Finding out the details of how animals function and survive will open your children’s eyes to God’s awesome and creative design (read more about it in this post). Creation is so incredible that there is no denying that only God could have done this.
When we really understand all that goes into the details of God’s planet earth, our mind will be blown! It’s a place full of wonder and excitement (you can read more about it in this post). God’s awesome and beautiful design of earth points back to His power and great love for us! Consider taking a trip out west to the Grand Canyon. If you can’t make such a trip, search local waterfalls in your area and take a day trip with your family. There is something about the power given off from a waterfall that makes you stop and think! Our family lives close to Niagara Falls. When our children saw these amazingly beautiful and powerful display of God’s creation, their jaws dropped. Seeing the colorful rainbow hanging over the rushing water just added to the experience.
Ask your children things like, “Why do you think God created such a big waterfall, or mountain, or ________________? Or “What do you see about God in His creation?” The earth is big and vast, with so much to discover. Decide to spend more time outdoors with your family. There is so much to learn about God in the great outdoors!
WE ARE CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE
Ask your children, “Do you realize that you are a child of a King and created in His image?”
Read these verses together as a family:
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. Genesis 1:26
For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13
In Louie Giglio’s devotional: Indescribable – 100 Devotions About God & Science, I really love one of his devotions entitled: A Miracle? Yep, That’s You!
It talks about how each one of us is a miracle. We are tiny compared to this vast universe we live in, yet we are created in the very image of God! The God who hangs each star in the galaxy and forms the rivers and the seas, created us. Talk about how our blueprint is called DNA and it contains all the information about how we look and function. It’s a neat conversation to have with our children that God never makes a mistake. He makes us each unique according to His perfect design!
I love how at the end of each of these unique devotions about God and science, it features a “Be Amazed” section with fascinating facts, hands-on activities, and a closing prayer.
INSECTS . . . WHY DO WE NEED THEM?
Do you ever wonder why we need bugs? Things like flies, stink bugs and spiders seem like more of a nuisance than a necessity.
The next time your children get scared of a bug on their wall or floor, have a conversation with them about God. Start out a conversation like, “Did you know that even spiders have a purpose from God?” Talk about how spiders are hunters and most spiders eat other insects. Big spiders called Huntsman spiders have such long legs that they can trap frogs, lizards and even birds and bats in their massive webs.
Talk about how spider’s webs are hard to see and most of the time are invisible. They are deadly traps, like the trap of lies we tell. The first lie you spin may seem small and almost invisible. Explain to your children that they may think their lie is so tiny that it’s no big deal. So, then they spin an even bigger lie to cover up that one. Pretty soon, when we travel down the path of lying, we end up with a whole web of lies surrounding us. The one who ends up getting trapped is the one telling all the lies. (Read more about this in devotion #85: What A Tangled Web We Weave in the devotional: Indescribable: 100 Devotions About God and Science)
These conversation starters are just the tip of the iceberg (another part of God’s amazing design!) of all you can discover together as a family when you dig into the connection between God and science.
What conversations are you having with your kids about the connection between God and science?