[Begin by lighting the candle, and then blow up the deflated balloon.
Keep the water balloon hidden until you need it.] There are
things that come into a person's life that are very painful. There are
circumstances and situations that, like this flame, can hurt and even
destroy us. Take for instance this balloon. Let's say it
represents a person's life. If we bring this balloon into the
fire it is destroyed. [Touch the balloon to the flame, and it
will pop. This will get everyone's attention, and children love
Many people, when their lives come into contact with fiery trials and
hardships, can often be destroyed "under the circumstances."
[You may give examples of circumstances that plague people today, and
elaborate in this way if you wish.]
[Take out the water balloon.] When I put the balloon into the
fire, it popped. What if I put a water balloon into the fire?
[This will really get attention, and kids will be "all eyes"
and so will the adults.] There is a scientific principle that
will allow me to put the water balloon into the flame without it
bursting. The water dissipates the heat so that the balloon will
not pop. [Hang the water balloon over the candle flame, while
holding the stem of the balloon, for about ten seconds.
Experiment with this before doing it in public. You will want to make sure your balloons perform as
How about that? It didn't break. Jesus said, in John
7:37-38, that if we come to Him, He will give us living water.
Romans 8:28 tells us that when Christ is our Lord and Savior, that all
things work to the good. The water inside the balloon is
protecting it. We too, if we have the living water of Jesus in our
lives, will be victorious over the circumstances of life that seek to
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