It’s raining this morning in Southern California, something it doesn’t do very often but when it does, it’s usually the lead story on all the local news channels. I have no doubt that right at this moment we are probably on “Storm Watch 2012”. I looked at my Facebook feed a few minutes ago and counted 31 status updates letting me know it’s raining outside this morning.
Why is this something everyone feels they need to let everyone else know about? The first reason is what I said above, it doesn’t rain here all that often, so it’s a change from the norm. We always want to tell people about change. The second reason we want to tell everyone is because we think it’s something no one else knows. Apparently a lot of my friends didn’t realize I could just look out my window and discover it was raining, or that I would be driving 28 miles this morning on rain-soaked freeways that creep along at 20 miles per hour.
I look at rain this way. God gave us rainy days to help us appreciate the sunny days. If all we had were sunny days then after a while we just take that for granted. It’s the same thing with life. If all we had were good times and no problems then we would not appreciate all the gifts that God has given us. A little bump in the road makes us pause and think about all the other things we have to be thankful for. And just like that, I realized I had created a lesson on appreciating the little things in life for my small group guys.
Question: Do you use everyday life situations and events to create lessons for your students?