WEEK 3: LANDS
“And God said, ‘Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.’ And it was so. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. And God said, ‘Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.’ And it was so.“
All of the words above are fascinating in their layers—with only His words, God calls ecosystems into order. Imagine this world without grass? Without trees? Without plants? Ignore the fact that we wouldn’t have oxygen, but just imagine stretches of bare land all around—cliffs, mountains, rock formations, valleys but completely bare. Upon that canvas, He made different habitats like deserts, tundras, forests and grasslands that animals and human beings would later enjoy. Within every climate God created plants and greens. So cool to see that God made variety! This is one of the first times we see God’s imagination run wild.
God put in Adam in charge of the plants to allow him get creative, flex his imagination and see growth. Isn’t it great to know that in whatever we do, imagination doesn’t just jump out at us and start working all on its own? God has given us the ability to learn to activate our creativity like a muscle . We have to choose to see challenges, responsibilities and even our every day life as something God wants to make creative, beautiful and reflecting who He is to the world.
GO A LITTLE DEEPER:
What or who do you think God created all these plants and habitats for ?
Why do you think that God made such a large variety of habitats?
We have learned that God wants us to activate our creativity. What are some ways that you can use your creativity in your everyday life (ei. cleaning your room, helping your friends)?
GO BIG + GO HOME!
Here are a couple of fun activities to help your little storymakers to further connect to what we have been uncovering about land.
Make a terrarium. You will need a clear glass container, rocks (marble sized), activated charcoal, potting soil and small plants.
Create a water color leaf print. You will need water color paper, water colors, paint brush, leaves and painters tape.
Soil Experiment. You will need a clean mason jar with a lid, garden soil, and water.