Family Devotion: Groundhog Day

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Verse to Remember: 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding. – Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIrV)

Talk About This:

Where do you look when you want to check the weather? Do you watch the Weather Channel?  Check a weather app on the phone?  Or do you chase down a furry rodent to see what he has to say?

Groundhog Day is a funny holiday, isn’t it? All across the country people watch a cute little groundhog come out of his hole just to find out if he can see his shadow. The tradition says if he sees his shadow, we’ll have six more weeks of winter weather, but if he doesn’t see it, we can expect an early spring.

Sounds a little silly, doesn’t it? Do you think a groundhog can really predict the weather? Of course not.   It’s just a fun tradition and an excuse for people to celebrate.

If you really want to know what the weather is going to be like, you check with the experts. Weather forecasters have all kinds of scientific instruments and computers to help them know if it’s going to be hot or cold, wet or dry, windy or calm or something in between.

Can you imagine what would happen if we relied on the groundhog instead?  We’d show up for school on a warm, spring day wearing a toboggan and gloves or we’d end up in shorts and flip-flops when there was snow on the ground.

Of course no one really thinks a groundhog can predict the weather.  No one decides how they’re going to dress or when they’ll go outside based on what the groundhog says.

When it comes to weather decisions, we listen to the experts.  But what about other decisions?  Bigger decisions,  Who do you listen to when you have to choose between right or wrong?

Sometimes we listen to our friends, even when they’re making a bad choice.  Other times we listen to our own selfishness, even when we know it’s going to get us into trouble.  We even listen to people on TV shows and movies and try to do things we see them do.

All of that is about as silly as relying on the groundhog to tell us the weather.  The Bible says there’s only one expert to go to when we need to make a wise choice.  God.  In James 1:5 it says, “If any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it. He will give it to you” (NIrV).

God is the ultimate expert on life.  He knows everything, and He can help you figure out any problem you face.  He is for you and always wants to help.  Just ask Him, and He’ll show you what do do.

Is there any tough decision you need help with today?  Anything hard or scary you’re facing?  Talk to God about it right now, and take some time to listen to see what He has to say.

Prayer:

God, You’re so smart.  You are the expert on life.  Please help me to know what you want me to do when life gets tricky.  Help me to make wise choices.  Today, I need help figuring out _______________________.  I’m listening God.  Amen!

For Extra Fun:

Grab a flashlight and make shadow puppets at bedtime or whip up these Groundhog Day pudding cups for a fun holiday treat.

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