Proverbs 22:6 - Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
We can learn a lot from nature. God created all things and has an order to it. He is not a God of confusion. If we put our mind to it, we can learn a lot from nature and everyday things. Simplicity of His Word.
I was watching a Gambel quail family yesterday. It was wonderful to finally see four offspring running in line with their fast, little legs, after their mother. Where she went they were close behind. No doubt they were watching as she poked at the ground for bugs or seeds because they did the same.
Then papa flew up onto the wall. And mama followed. She would look down at the 3 1/2" babies. She came back down and they all ran to be behind her again. Then she would fly up on the wall again.
I wondered why she would do this. Obviously she felt they were safe. I was as still as could be so as not to chase them away and observe...perhaps learn myself. (That meant no photos! Bummer.) Then it dawned on me, and I'm not absolutely certain this is the answer, that she was teaching them by example. There's no way their little wings could be strong enough to carry them to that height but she was showing them before they yet could do it. In time they would be the right size and strength to do it themselves and they would just do it.
Like we do...children watch and learn. So...why shouldn't children be part of church services? They don't understand but they watch and see and learn. The Bible tells us that we are to train up the child in the way he should go. I understand the church having trained individuals teaching at certain age levels. When I was a child, however, it was common practice to have children in church. Why the change? Jesus specifically stated He did not want His disciples to shoo away the little children but rather, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 19:14)
But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. (2Timothy 3:14-15)
Oh, but things were different then. How much more? If we are more occupied with other things today because we have more things, is that a good reason to farm the kids off to someone else, to have more time for ourselves without the possibility of distraction from the kiddies?
And speaking of nature...We are also seeing man's struggle with the proper order of things...man's ideas of what is right or wrong. Birds and animals instinctively know how to do things and they pass that down to their offspring. So how is it that man struggles with the male-female issue? The order of things. Is it because man, with his ability to think differently from creatures, believes there can be another way, that God's way can't be the only way? Somewhere the lines of communication got bolluxed up. But God's Word is the truth.
Just a thought...
Deuteronomy 6:7 - You shall teach them [God's commandments] diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.