Who has seen the wind?

Object:   A kite. 

Theme:  No one has seen God, but we can know that He is there.

Scripture:  No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.  1 John 4:12

Today is the first Sunday in March.  Since March is one of the windiest months of the year, one activity that children often enjoy during the month of March is flying kites.  How many of you like to fly kites?  It is great fun to watch them soaring high into the sky.  What is it that keeps the kite up there?  It is the wind, isn't it?  How many of you have ever seen the wind?  That was a trick question!  No one has seen the wind.  You can't see the wind because it is invisible.  Well, if you can't see the wind, how do you know that it is there?

First, you can know that the wind is there because you can see it moving things.  (Take some bits of paper in your hand and blow them into the air.)  You can see it moving the leaves on the trees and blowing bits of paper around.  You can't see the wind, but you know it is there because you can see what the wind is doing.

You can know that the wind is there because you can feel it.  (Blow onto the back of your hand.)  You can feel it blowing against your face and you can feel it blowing through your hair.  You can't see the wind, but you know it is there because you can feel it.

Finally, you can know the wind is there because you can hear it.  When I wake up in the morning, I like to know if the wind is blowing.  Sometimes I turn on the Weather Channel and check to see if it is blowing.  There are some mornings that I don't even have to look at the TV.   I can hear the wind whistling through the trees, down the chimney, and around the windows and doors.  I can't see the wind, but I know it is there because I can hear it.

How many of you have ever seen God?  The Bible says that no one has seen God.  Well if we haven't seen him, how do we know he is there?  I think we can know that he is there the same way we know the wind is there.

First, we can see Him moving.  The Bible says that the Spirit of God moves men to speak and to do things for him.  (2 Peter 1:21)  We can't see God, but we can see men doing things that God's Holy Spirit has moved them to do.

We can know that God is there because we can feel His presence.  The Bible says, "I will fear no evil for Thou art with me." (Psalm 23:4)  The Bible also says that "if we love one another, God lives in us."   We can't see God, but we know he is there because we can feel his presence in our life.

Finally, we can know He is there because we can hear him.  The Bible says, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock, and if any man hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him."  (Revelation 3:20)  We can't see God, but we know he is there because he speaks to our hearts.

Lord,  we can't see you, but we know you are there because we can see you moving, we can feel your presence, and we hear you speak to our hearts.  Thank you for being there!


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