Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.

Jeremiah 17:7



Here in Minnesota, wintertime is a chance to celebrate snow and ice, and one of the ways we do that is putting on a big carnival in the dead of winter. Once upon a time, a reporter from the east coast declared that Minnesota was “another Siberia, unfit for human habitation.” James Hill, a powerful railroad magnate from Minnesota, set out to prove him wrong. He said you didn’t need summer and sun to have fun. And that’s how the St. Paul winter carnival began over 130 years ago.


If you go to the carnival this week you might watch the snowplow competition or the moon parade or check out the snow park or the ice palace.


But the highlight for a ton of families is the ice carving competition. Since Minnesota hosts the Super Bowl in just a couple of days, this year’s sculptures are a really big deal.


Ice carvings are perfect for illustrating to kids what trust in God is, so I couldn’t let this seasonal opportunity to go by. If your city isn’t lucky enough to host a winter carnival or ice carving competition, use the short story and pictures below to talk to your kids about TRUST.


Deneena and her husband compete in the St. Paul winter carnival ice carving competition. They’ve been ice carving for 24 years. They’re so good at it, that they’ve won several competitions and consistently place in the top.


During the carnival, each team has 48 hours to finish their ice sculpture. After long hours of ice cold temperatures, lots of hard work, and endless cups of coffee, big blocks of ice go from this…


ice sculptures ice blocks

3900 lb of ice blocks


Into something like this


Deneena carved this ice angel for our church


or this

ice sculpture safari animal

Safari animals ice sculptures. See the giraffe and the antelope?


One of the things Deneena uses to make sparkly ice creations is a chainsaw. She knows where to cut the ice block and how much to cut. She’s an expert at turning plain ice into amazing sculptures! When she picks up that chainsaw, she knows exactly what she’s doing.


God knows what he’s doing too. It may not always seem like it especially when you’ve been praying and praying for something and it doesn’t seem to change. Or when something tough happens like your best friend decided he doesn’t want to be your best friend anymore. Or when you have to move to a new home because your mom or dad lost their job.

Even when all that happens, you can trust God. He knows what he’s doing. God works out everything for good (Rom 8:28).

There’s nothing God can’t turn into something beautiful. 

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