Today was chapel day. This is the time each week where all the classes gather in the church sanctuary to sing songs and hear a Bible story. The past couple of weeks we have been learning about Moses. So the children learned how the “bad king” wanted to kill all the baby boys and how Moses’ mother put him in a reed basket and floated him down the river. We also learned how the kings daughter found and raised Moses.
This week the chapel teacher was telling the story of how Moses found the burning bush and how God spoke to him through the bush. She explained to the children how God told Moses to throw his walking staff on the ground and how God turned that staff into a snake to prove to Moses it was actually God speaking. Then, to make her point, the chapel teacher asked: “So, who turned Moses’ stick into a snake?” The sanctuary was silent until a little girl in my class yelled (very loudly): “Satan!”
Yes – you read that right – Satan! All of the teachers turned and stared. There was a mix of shock and horror on their faces and at first no one knew what to say. Then the chapel teacher said, “Well, no – that’s not right. I think you might be thinking of a different Bible story.” And she continued on with the lesson.
After the shock had worn off, however, I found the entire situation quite funny! I know exactly what my little friend had been thinking! I started to laugh (as quietly as I could) and had tears in my eyes from laughing so hard! There was also a mixture of disappointment (for not listening to the story in chapel) and pride (from remembering a story we’d learned a month ago) going through me.
You see, about a month ago, we taught them all about Adam and Eve. We talked about how Satan had turned into a snake when he talked to Eve. This is what she was remembering. Her only reference of snakes in the Bible was this story. In one of my first posts (Bad Snake) I talked about how some of the children got a little confused while learning about this topic. But I was somewhat proud of her for remembering and being able to reference this fact a month after we’d learned it!
Perhaps this exact moment was not the right one…but believe me – this will be a chapel that is not soon forgotton! 🙂