Teaching Games: Image Up Close

Contributed by: Emily Paterson and Karen Spoelstra, Diocese of Auckland

When we are in the thick of difficult situations, it can be hard to see what God is doing. Use this up front challenge to illustrate how, with time, we can look back and see how God has been with us through hard times.

Ask for two volunteers and get them to step outside of your room. Set up a big black & white picture. Blindfold the volunteers. Position one volunteer directly  the front, as close to the picture as possible. Remove the blindfold and ask them to decipher what the picture is (describe what they see). Very slowly, have them move away from the picture – every inch asking if they have a better idea of what the picture is. Continue to do this until they recognise the image.

Repeat this with the second volunteer (measure how far each person is before they recognise the image).

Explain that when we are in the thick of our situations, it can be hard to see what God is doing. Often it’s not until later on that we are able to step back and see the bigger picture. Usually that’s when we are able to recognise what God has been up to in our lives!

Use this for learning about suffering or hard times, or as part of God in the Ups and Downs.