Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Hand Down the Faith with Mystery Bags - God is Able to do Infinitely More than We Ask or Think

As our grandchildren return to school for another year of learning, another year of getting along with others, another year of growing, it is important for us to remind them no matter what they face - both in the blessings and the challenges which are before them - God is able to do infinitely more than they will ask for, think of or need. One fun way to do this is with a simple bar of Ivory soap and a microwave. For this Mystery Bag project you will need . . .
  • Paper lunch bags - one per child
  • Ivory soap - this MUST be Ivory soap - no other soap will work - one per child . . . they will all want to do this project themselves!
  • A microwave
  • A microwave safe plate
  • Paper towels
Now, before we go any farther, please let me emphasize again, this project is only able to work with Ivory soap. You MUST use Ivory soap. I did this project with some children for whom I babysat a number of years ago (they were the children of the youth pastor at the church I was a member of at the time). The children loved the project - especially the four-year-old boy. When we did the project I told them to never try this without an adult and if they did, they HAD to only use Ivory soap. 

The next day I heard about some excitement the previous night in their home at bedtime. Their dad was getting them into bed when they heard a loud, "kaboom" and saw smoke coming from their kitchen. Their dad ran to the kitchen and the boy said; "Hmmm. I wonder if that was my science project?" Apparently he had put a bar of soap in their microwave and set it for a fairly long time - more than the two or three minutes this project took. The result . . . a loud "kaboom" and smoke. Thankfully nothing was damaged - although it did scare the dad.

This project is great fun and a wonderful tool to make the point of how God is able to do infinitely more than they might ask or think, but do emphasize how they must not try this on their own and let the parents know if they do, they MUST use only Ivory.

Directions -
  • Place the Ivory soap on folded paper towel in your microwave
  • Set microwave for two to three minutes and run on high
  • Watch and be amazed!
The Ivory soap will "puff" up into amazing "clouds" of soap! It is great fun to watch and your house will smell like Ivory soap . . . which is one of my all-time favorite aromas! As your grandchildren watch the soap turn into, "puffy clouds" talk about what they expected might happen when they put the soap into the microwave. Talk about how the Ivory soap puffed up far more than they may have ever thought it would. Read Ephesians 3:20 and talk about some of the things God has done for your family, for you, for them - things which were infinitely more than you or they would ever ask or think.

Talk about some of the challenges facing them in the coming school year and spend time together talking with God about them. Consider writing the requests into your prayer journals and keep track over the coming year how God answers.

Let everyone have a turn at putting their soap into the microwave - if you press the puffed up soap together when it cools a bit, you will be able to use it. This project is easy to do with grandchildren near and far - just send the soap to those who live too far to do this with them along with the directions. Then arrange to call, facetime, etc. and go through the project with them.

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