A Spring and a King
Objects: A spring from an old window shade, a round stick about two feet long, a small gilt cardboard crown, and five pegs. (Stretch the spring until it is an inch longer than the round stick. The round stick should be small enough to fit inside the spring. Color the stick with gilt paint, and fasten one end to a small base, causing it to stand upright. Place the gilt crown at the top of the stick. Compress the spring, drill a hole in the stick, and insert a peg to which is attached a cardboard question mark. Drill four other holes between the end of the spring and the crown and place the remaining pegs in them.)
Boys and girls, did you know that a spring could be like a king? This spring is very much like King Jeroboam. Who can tell me in what way it is like him?
"It is not far from a crown."
What is holding the spring back from reaching the crown?
"A peg with a question mark attached to it."
We must not let this question mark hold the spring down. Jeroboam did not let doubt and unbelief keep him from receiving the crown. He could have doubted the prophet Ahijah's word and refused to take the ten pieces of the cloak when they were offered to him.
The next peg which holds the spring back from reaching the crown is yellow, reminding us of fear. Jeroboam did not allow fear to hinder him, and neither should we. The spring moves up the stick, representing golden opportunity, until the green stops it. Green speaks of envy. Often people are hindered by envy from getting the reward they might otherwise receive.
The next peg is purple and suggests pride, a common cause for failure. This black peg reminds us of other sins, and they, too, can keep the spring from reaching the crown, even though all the other pegs have been removed.
Now that they are all removed, the spring reaches the crown. God has a reward for all who will allow the things that hinder to be removed.