How big is your God? Crossing the Red Sea is the focus story for two days of this Oral Bible Storytelling workshop in Wewak. At the conclusion of the devotion time, challenging questions were raised to everyone present. In Moses’ time, God parted the Red Sea and the Israelites crossed on dry ground and escaped the clutches of the Egyptians.
What can be learned from this story and what can be learned about God? As participants and staff alike shared what they had learned, a couple themes continued to surface.
- Nothing is too hard for God.
- When God allows a situation to come into my life, He will go with me and give me the strength to go through whatever comes.
- Look at God’s power. When things look too hard, God is with me, He will make big things happen.
- I have seen God’s power at work in my life, but still sometimes I doubt God when I am in a difficult spot.
In thinking about these themes, they challenge the everyday situations of life.
- Is God enough when there is a landslide and a group is unable to get to the course on time? People in the area wanted to sacrifice to the spirits so that the landslide would be fixed.
- Is God enough when learning the new Bible story is too hard? Are you willing to try the techniques that are most common in PNG as opposed to trying things done before that didn’t work?
- Is God enough when you are afraid to stand up in front of your peers or community and share a story that has impacted your life?
- Is God enough when you come to the workshop and don’t know your heart language, but need to be able to translate the stories to share at home? One young man was in tears after the first course because he couldn’t speak his language. He prayed and asked God to help him be able to speak that language, God answered and now the young people in his area want to know how he learned to speak his heart language.
- Is God enough when you have tried every possible solution you know to teach people how to learn the stories and they still struggle? He will make a way.
As the stories come to life for people, it is exciting to see all the ways they can be applied to real situations. God’s Word is alive and active and ready to bear fruit.