How to use Fall leaves to teach your child about God

Fall means cooler temps, scarves, and pumpkin spice lattes.

And the biggest fall icon of all? The leaves! 

Beautiful yellows, reds, and golds. Don’t you love them?

In my part of the country, it hasn’t gotten cold enough for the pretty hues to come out yet. But it won’t be long!

As the leaves change colors, we’re given a great spiritual teaching opportunity with our children. Turning leaves reminds us of the God who never turns his face from us. 

Deuteronomy 6:7 tells us to talk with our children about God’s word “when you walk along the road.” I wonder if Moses, when he wrote these words, was thinking about all the cues around us that remind us of aspects of God’s love. Leaves are one of them.

It’s so nice to pull out the wagons and strider bikes and strollers – whatever you have – and walk to the park. Take a stroll around the neighborhood. Point out the colors you see. And point out how God is involved.

Chat about these things with your kiddo. Fall leaves remind us that…

Though everything may change around us, God is never-changing. 

We see seasons change each year. The world is going around and around.

The trees change colors, drop leaves, then grow new ones in the spring and hold green all summer. Then it happens all over again.

Similarly, our bodies change and grow constantly. We get bigger, our hair gets longer, we lose teeth and grow new ones.

And our routines can change. School busyness or summer vacations, friends come and go, parents sometimes get new jobs and families even move.

Change can be fun, but it can also be hard.  Sometimes it makes you feel worried or uncertain. Life will always change, and you won’t know what to expect. 

The amazing thing is that while our lives change, GOD never changes. God loves you the same each day, no matter what. Nothing will affect his goodness towards you. Nothing else in the world is as stable and trustworthy as God. 

We know these things from Scripture:

  • Hebrews 13:8 – Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
  • Isaiah 40:8 – The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.
  • Psalm 11:90 – God’s faithfulness endures to all generations.

 

Say this (several times) to your child: “The leaves change, but God never changes!”

 

Question for you: How does God’s un-changing presence give you peace?

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