Our newest Fruit of the Spirit is PEACE. We taped our little scratch-n-sniff peach to flat-Lydia, we read the story of Jesus calming the storm and all week we’ve been saying, “Peace Peach! Peace Peach!” So, today when I got Lydia up from her nap, I told her I had something very special to share with her about the Peace Peach. We read 1 Peter 3:11b:
Look for peace, and go after it.
I didn’t explain it or talk about it. I just had her grab her easter basket and we headed downstairs. I had hidden four peaches in the living room. I let her go on a peach scavenger hunt. She was wide-eyed…jumping up and down when she found a peach and searching hard when she couldn’t. When she’d get stuck I’d say, “Look for peace and go after it!”
Once her basket was full, I told her just like she looked for the peaches, she needs to look for peace. When she’s afraid, look for peace. When someone is being mean, look for peace. When she’s angry, look for peace. I know as adults we’d be asking for a lot more instruction than “look for peace” but that’s what the Bible says and a 3 year old can take it at face value. We just have too look for it and go after it. Period.
She loved it so much she’s been carrying her basket around all day. And then hid the peaches again so her Daddy could find them when he came home.
It wasn’t the most exciting thing we’ve ever done. It didn’t require a lot of set up. It didn’t even really take us that long. But it was just another little way to get God’s Word into her heart in a fun way.
Oh yeah, and then we cut a peach up and ate it. Yummy.