Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife. Proverbs 30:33
I read this verse yesterday morning and decided it would make a fun object lesson. Forcing wrath sounds a lot like provoking and teasing to me– so yesterday I put some cream in a glass jar and asked the children what would happen if we shook it. David knew, because we’ve done this game before. The girls weren’t sure.
I had them shake the jar while I read the verse and we talked about it. How do children “force wrath”? I asked. It wasn’t hard to get them started. They understood that! Poking, singing the same song over and over, making faces, teasing past the point of fun, and so on. Then we talked about strife, and they understood that too.
Eventually the cream started to break down, and we had a nice lump of butter. The conversation petered. This morning, we’ll have pancakes, and maybe we can have the same conversation again with Daddy when we use our butter.