Miniphant and his friends are learning to swim, but everything changes when Cat falls in and the wind gets stronger. Will they find the confidence to become Champions of Change, and come to the rescue in time?
As children grow, they are faced with changes every day. Some, like growing, don’t require much thinking; some, like surprises, are fun and exciting; while other changes, like moving house or school, might need getting used to. By practising patience, resilience, confidence, asking for help and trusting children are encouraged to become Champions of Change and start to think and feel more hopeful.
In the Bedtime Thoughts pages at the back of Miniphant to the Rescue, we talk about the Bible story when Jesus calmed the storm.
‘On the evening of that same day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they left the crowd; the disciples got into the boat in which Jesus was already sitting, and they took him with them. Other boats were there too. Suddenly a strong wind blew up, and the waves began to spill over into the boat, so that it was about to fill with water. Jesus was in the back of the boat, sleeping with his head on a pillow. The disciples woke him up and said, “Teacher, don't you care that we are about to die?”
Jesus stood up and commanded the wind, “Be quiet!” and he said to the waves, “Be still!” The wind died down, and there was a great calm. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Why are you frightened? Have you still no faith?”
But they were terribly afraid and said to one another, “Who is this man? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”’ (Matt. 4:35–41, GNB)
This story shows that Jesus’ friends didn’t believe that they would safely reach the other side of the lake, just like Cat felt in our story. They were afraid and felt out of control, instead of trusting and believing that they would be safe. Jesus had 100% faith (belief) and trust in God that they would be safe, and showed His constant, continual love and forgiveness towards them by calming the storm.
God longs for us to have 100% trust and confidence that He will look after us too, so that we won’t feel fearful or insecure but be full of peace instead. When all around us is changing, He’s the only one that cannot, and will not, change.
Hebrews 13:8 says, ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and for ever.’ God never changes. He is trustworthy and reliable.
Knowing that He can’t be anything other than what His Word (the Bible) tells us He is, can give us incredible assurance to fully trust Him in every change we live through. God is love and loves us unconditionally. He is good and cannot be anything but good.