As promised, the resources here are teacher-approved and will breathe life into the hearts of both you and your littles. Many are created to fit perfectly into the things you do already: dinner, driving, and bedtime routines. Real relief. So take a breath and use what best fits your family. Because this legacy we’re cultivating requires more than an hour with a Sunday school teacher. You are tailor-made for this, momma. It’s the absolute icing on the cake. And yes, it can be just as sweet.
The inspirations below connect with the book of Jonah.
I am a Fish
I am a fish the Lord God made.
I swallowed Jonah one faithful day.
I took him down to the bottom of the sea
where God could talk to him personally.
He tickled in my tonsils and wasn’t real yummy,
but I kept him safe in the dark of my tummy.
I took him to the beach where people could see,
and I plopped him out as nice as could be.
The people listened wherever he went.
They did what he said when he said, “REPENT!”
This poem offers the story from the fish’s perspective. What would the story look like if one of the others on the boat were telling it? Or a bystander on the beach when Jonah was spat out? This is offered as a dinner table question (below), and it could also be written as another story or poem if any creatives in the house feel inspired.
For the artists:
Fold a sheet of blank paper into several sections (up to four times both vertically and horizontally). Draw the story sequentially within the boxes. If you prefer design work, create a symbol for each step of the story.
God uses animals such as a big fish and a talking donkey in some of his adventures. This reminds me of C.S. Lewis bringing both “dumb” and “tame” animals into his. (Editors and publishers told him this would never sell, btw). Need a movie night? The Narnia series never gets old.
Dinner table questions: (these are most fun when folded up and dropped into a cup)
Have you ever eagerly waited for someone to get the punishment he or she deserved? Tell us the story.
How might the Jonah story sound if someone else from the boat was telling it?
How might the Jonah story sound if told by an eyewitness to Jonah being spat out?
Trivia: In which body of water did Jonah get swallowed up? Was it salt water or fresh water?
(Answer: No peeking! The Mediterranean Sea. And the salt content is higher than that of the Atlantic. If you really want to float, go there!)