What Animal Are You?
What animal are you like?
God often uses animals to describe himself and people, in the Bible.
God likes to use imagery to help us understand things. Jesus used parables to identify and relate to the crowds. God often likens our circumstances, our hearts, and aspects of our characters to things in creation, whether it be "Oaks of righteousness" or "lost sheep". He does this to help us better understand ourselves, others and God himself.
Remember the story of Zacchaeus, in Luke 19, and the previous exercise? We looked at what animal we can relate his behaviour to.
Now consider, What animal are YOU being like today?
Psalm 42:1 As a deer pants for flowing streams, so my soul thirsts for you O Lord.
Psalm 18:33 He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights.
1 Chronicles 12:8 [W]arriors [...] as fierce as lions
Zechariah 10:3 He will make them strong and glorious, like a proud warhorse in battle.
Matthew 9:36 Jesus saw the crowds and he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless like a sheep without a shepherd.
Discussion prompts with Toddlers and 4+
- What is your favourite animal?
- What is the same about this animal and you?
- What do you like about the animal?
- What does God like about you?
- What does God like about this animal?
Give them some guidance about how they might be like the animal. Could be as simple as tall like a giraffe, brave as a lion, dances like a fluttering butterfly or jumps a lot like a kangaroo. Affirm their appearance, hobbies or personality.
Close your eyes and ask God to show you a picture of an animal that he says you’re like.
Let’s pray and thank God for making us.
Ask Holy Spirit to help us be more gentle like a (lamb), strong like a (horse), wise like (an owl).
They may want to add their own words for their prayer.
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