My five-year-old son has always been fearful of animals, and his fear of dogs has become a real safety issue; I’ve seen several times that he tried to run into the street to avoid a dog. I was wondering if I should encourage him to overcome his fear or just let it go. When I heard that VBS for this year will be dealing with pets, I thought to myself, “Oh no! My son wouldn’t be interested in this VBS at all.” When I told my son that VBS for this year has to do with animals, he responded to me: “Dad! I guess I should be fine with them if they will be kept on a leash.” But the theme of VBS was: “Pets Unleashed!” Again I thought “Oh no!” But I wanted my son to learn God’s care for him through the theme of VBS, “Pets Unleashed.”
VBS started on Friday (June 10) and ended on Sunday (June 12). Kids experienced God’s word in surprising and unforgettable ways, and they learned that Jesus lovingly cares for us each day. Even though pets were unleashed, my son fully participated in three days of VBS and enjoyed the activities of VBS because the animals are not real but fake.
On the second day of VBS, however, my son was challenged to play with the real pets which were unleashed. Surprisingly, he even touched them, and learned the lesson that we should take care of pets as Jesus has cared for us.
The key Bible verse for VBS was 1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your worries to God, for he cares for you.” This is a message of comfort and hope. The imperative, “Cast,” does not offer a new command, but it defines how we could respond in the midst of pain, suffering, worry, anxiety, and burden. Whenever the kids heard the phrase, “God cares for you,” during VBS, they responded, “Thank Him!”
Special thanks to Tonica, Pat, Bridget, Cheryl, Beth, and Dente! Thank you to everyone who was a part of VBS this year! Let us also thank God for taking care of us! May this summer be filled with moments that we can cherish, be refreshing, and fun in God’s care for us! God cares for us. And all the people of God will say… “THANK YOU GOD!”
Pastor Jin Yang Kim