There's something about the story of Jesus calming the storm that always feels so relatable to me. The disciples are in a boat being plummeted by waves and wind--they are panicking, worried for their life, and trying to control the situation. And there is Jesus--sleeping.
They wake Jesus up and frantically and basically say, "Um, Jesus--don't you care that we are dying here?"
Haven't I asked Jesus that question myself in different ways? God--why is this happening? Don't you see what's going on? Please save me from this! Do you even notice me right now? I'm afraid--and what are you doing about it?
I always wonder what tone of his voice was when he asked is disciples why they were so afraid. Was it gentle? Was it sad? Was it frustrated?
Whatever his tone, his meaning was clear: Don't be afraid; you can trust me.
I think this story is a wonderful story for teaching little ones about what it means to trust God. Whenever I asked my son what trust means, he always replied "obey?" Although it wasn't quite the answer I was looking for, they do go hand-in-hand, don't they? I explained that trusting means to rely on, have faith in, or believe that someone has the ability or strength to do something. The story of how Jesus calms the storm opens the gateway to chatting about how God is able and we can trust Him to take care of us (even in scary situations!)
This lesson included making mixed media boat art (which was a hit with both boys). They loved using lots of different materials to create one picture. We also got to splatter paint and talk about thunderstorms.
I hope that as you read the story of Jesus calming the storm and make your artwork, that you and your kids are reminded that we can trust God--He has everything in his capable hands (including those feisty waves and howling winds).
ps. this book would be another good resource to enjoy and read during this lesson :)