May 13 - Frog Jumping Day
Today is Frog Jumping Day and it reminds of a frog jumping contest that I went to when I was a kid. Much like the turtle races, everyone lined up their frog on a circle and encouraged their frog to jump to the outer circle. There was lots of noise and clapping and stomping to encourage the frogs to move. It's pretty amazing how high and far a frog can jump when he wants to.
There are 14 different kinds of frogs in Minnesota in three categories: toads, tree frogs, and true frogs. They like to live in wet lands and in the evening they "sing" really loud. It is a fun reminder when spring and summer is really here. We listen for the frogs.
Do you remember the frog story in the Bible? It was one of the plagues that happened in Egypt before the Hebrew people left with Moses. Pharaoh wouldn't listen and God covered the land with frogs. Before this, the Egyptians worshiped frogs. Really? really. But when God sent the plague of frogs they filled every home in the land. The Bible says they even got into the ovens and the dishes, and when the frogs died they piled them up in stinky piles. Gross! The Egyptian people worshiped a frog-headed god, and our God showed that He had control over even something that they worshiped. There is nothing that is more powerful than our God, and nothing that is worshiped by anyone, anywhere is better than our God. He is the God over all gods!
Something to think about: listen for the frogs and think about things that some people think is more important than worshiping God. Is it fishing, or hunting, or snowmobiling? Is it sports or hobbies or family? Is it nature or frogs? Tell God today that you will worship ONLY HIM.
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Writen by Sue Van Hal, Children's Church Leader