Here's a glimpse of how God's Word came to life in the tiny confines of our basement bathroom on Sunday morning. Attempting to create an easy-to-clean-up mess (it wasn't!), I put our huge orange bucket right in the middle of the bathtub and filled it to the brim with the shower head. After a few rounds of freeze dance and musical chairs to our favorite praise and worship tunes (you gotta get the kids in a fun and goofy mood if you're going to suggest something as nutty as bathtub-bobbing), we crammed into the bathroom for a round of clean old fashioned fun. The kids, still in their pajamas, laughed at one another as each one took a turn securing a bright red apple from the bucket.
At that point, we read the Old Testament verses where God refers to His people as "the apple of His eye." We talked about how that unusual phrase was a term of endearment. God sees us as special and treasured. Then, we discussed how God must have felt when "the apples of His eye" chose to turn their backs on Him. Sadly, His "apples" were bobbing hopelessly in a sea of sin. He needed a plan to reach down and pull us out of our lost and condemned lives.
"That's why He sent Jesus!" Hannah declared. "Jesus had to bob for the apple of God's eye," she giggled, proud of herself for catching the metaphor in our silly bathtub activity.
-The apples can't get out of the bucket without help and we can't get out of sin without help.
-Jesus reached into our world to rescue us, just like we reached into the bucket to retrieve the apples.
-Jesus was happy to "get us," just like we were happy to get the apples.
Then Lizzy said quietly, "Well, I guess I could try."