Adapted by: S. C. Mathisen
Mr. Mathisen: Good morning boys and girls, today we are going to tell the story of how God created everything.
Stanley: (Interrupting) Whoa! Mr. Mathisen, do you mean everything? Do you mean absolutely, completely, positively, everything in the universe EVERYTHING????
Mr. Mathisen: Yes, Stanley, I mean everything. If we look in the Bible in Genesis chapter One, we can read all about it. Stanley, did you bring your Bible today?
Stanley: (looking down at the ground) Well… (speaking quickly) I put it on top of my homework and my dog ate it.
Mr. Mathisen: Stanley, the truth please.
Stanley: Ok, ok! I forgot . . . again.
Mr. Mathisen: Didn’t we talk about this last time?
Stanley: (looking down at the ground) (speaking quietly) Yes.
Mr. Mathisen: How are we going to encourage the boys and girls to bring their Bibles if you never remember yours?
Stanley: Maybe I can serve as an example of what NOT to do?
Mr. Mathisen: Alright, Stanley we’ll take that for this week, but, next week you try harder, ok?
Stanley: Ok, I promise. Can we hear the story now? I want to hear about how God created absolutely, completely, positively, everything in the universe EVERYTHING!
Mr. Mathisen: Ok, Stanley, let’s do that. Are you ready boys and girls? (wait for responses) Good let’s get started. Have you got your Bibles open to Genesis chapter one boys and girls? Good, let’s get started… It says here that: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was empty, a formless mass cloaked in darkness. And the Spirit of God was hovering over its surface.”
Stanley: Whoa!! What does that formless mass stuff mean? It sounds like what I get when I play with Play-Doh.
Mr. Mathisen: Well, Stanley, you’re not too far off. Let’s imaging for a minute with our eyes closed that we are floating in the air except that it is totally dark and there is nothing there at all. Then God creates something but He hasn’t given it any shape yet. It’s just a blob like your Play-Doh. Only you can’t see it because there is no light. God hasn’t created that part yet. So there you are, floating in empty space with nothing but a blob of Play-Doh. Oh yes, it also says that the Spirit of God is there with you. So you’re not all alone. Just like today when we are never alone because when we have Jesus in our hearts, He is always with us. Isn’t that fantastic, Stanley? Stanley? (louder) Stanley?
Stanley: (Coming back to earth) Oops sorry, I was having fun floating with God’s Spirit.