Diving Below the Shipwrecked Surface: Struggle

Diving Below the Shipwrecked Surface: Struggle
October 19, 2017 Jody Brolsma
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Struggles are things that tie us up in emotional knots—things we battle internally.

Think those carefree kids in your community don’t have struggles? Think again. Kids struggle with succeeding at school, choosing right from wrong, and understanding why parents fight or divorce. They wrestle with tough questions about God, life, and the future. Family relationships can be a struggle, especially for older elementary kids who may not like their parents’ rules for technology. Even young children struggle with things like discipline, mastering new skills, and finding the balance between exerting their independence and relying on parents for help.

On day 4 at Shipwrecked VBS, kids learn that when you struggle…Jesus rescues. This is a Bible Point that every kid connects with! The best part? No matter what issues kids are working through, Jesus rescues them from struggle by providing comfort, guidance, and reassurance every step of the way.

At Shipwrecked, kids don’t just hear about the Jesus as a guy in the Bible, they discover that Jesus is active in our lives today! One standout moment at our field test was when crews held a unique piece of sea glass—a beautiful piece of glass that’s been shaped and polished by its “struggle” in the sea. Then leaders shared a specific time when God shaped them through a struggle. This vulnerability—from a grown-up—spoke volumes to kids! Later, leaders told us that they saw “light bulbs” go on as kids made those real life connections to their own struggles, realizing that don’t face these battles alone. They saw that that God can bring beauty and healing from hard times, and that Jesus is with them during every struggle.

 

Jody Brolsma
Jody Brolsma is the VBS Executive Editor/Champion at Group Publishing in Loveland, Colorado. She’ll be the first to tell you that it is truly the funnest job in the world! (That’s why she’s been doing it for more than 20 years.)

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