Saint Patrick, whom we celebrate March 17, is famous for teaching the ancient Irish about Christianity in the fifth century.
Legend has it that in order to teach people about the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), Patrick used a three-leaf shamrock to show how each leaf is separate but also part of the same plant.
It is a wise person who can use simple items to teach important truths about God. Jesus did this often when He used pearls, coins, sheep, and other everyday objects to convey something important about God.
The Bible authors occasionally used the weather to teach us spiritual truths. Here is the dying King David using it to teach us what a righteous king feels like to his people:
When one rules over men in righteousness,
when he rules in the fear of God,
he is like the light of morning at sunrise
on a cloudless morning,
like the brightness after rain
that brings the grass from the earth.
I love those verses. What a wonderfully clear and inviting picture of a righteous king (2 Samuel 23:3-4 NIV).
Here’s an example of the prophet Isaiah quoting God as He uses weather and the water cycle to teach us about the power of his Word (Isaiah 55:10-11 NIV):
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Now it’s your turn: Choose something from your house or life and use it to teach a truth from the Bible. Write down your object and also the lesson you want it to represent.
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