One of the parts I love most about my job is having the chance to tell Bible stories to children who have never heard them before. Apart from the fact that it’s a privilege to be able to let them know something about God, it is also incredibly refreshing to witness their reactions to hearing the stories for the first time.
And sometimes their reactions are just hilarious. My posts usually tend to be quite serious, but today I’m sharing a few stories that I hope will bring you cheer and make you smile.
I once got to take part in a school assembly, telling the story of David and Goliath. I had chosen children to be David and Goliath and act out front. The boy who got to be Goliath was loving it. He had a plastic helmet and sword and he entered right into his part, parading fiercely up and down in front of the other children, loving the fact that everyone was scared of him. It was all going well until David got out his sling and stone. The problem was Goliath didn’t know how the story ended and he was obviously completely unprepared for David’s victory. As I explained that David threw the stone and it hit Goliath, knocking him to the ground, the boy who was playing Goliath threw his sword down on the ground and stomped off, shouting, “I’m not playing any more!”
Then there was the time I was telling the story of Samson. A group of children were acting it out and one girl kept talking about phones and having her character making phone calls. I had no idea why, and every time I tried to go on with the story she started talking about phones again. Eventually I asked her what she was doing and she replied, “He’s called Samsung!”
Finally, I’ve shared this story before but it is probably my favourite. I was telling a group of children the story of Elijah and the widow who only had a little bit of flour and oil left for herself and her son. I explained how Elijah asked the widow to bring him food and promised that God would provide. Then I asked, “What would you do if you were the widow? Would you believe what Elijah said?” This very sweet and innocent looking ten year old answered, “I’d give it a try. I’m not sure if it would work, but it might… and if not I would just kill Elijah for meat!”
I hope these stories brought you cheer. If you have your own funny stories of children’s reactions to Bible stories, feel free to share in the comments.