Before class, queue up the video so you can access it immediately. Have the cellphone alarm easily accessible as well.
As students enter your classroom today, greet each of them individually, informing them that they are going to watch a relaxing video and that they should try to stay as quiet as possible. If your class is meeting in person, allow students to find a comfortable place on the floor, taking a moment to settle in and make themselves at home. Dim the lights to provide a quiet, restful setting.
Play the video for two or three minutes, long enough for your students to settle in and start feeling safe/relaxed. Then, ABRUPTLY pause the video (without warning) and playing the loud cellphone alarm, not making it so loud to scare the class, but certainly enough to unexpectedly pull them out of their state of relaxation.
Video [play for 2 or 3 minutes]:
30 min relaxing ocean waves – high quality sound – no music – HD video of a beautiful misty beach
- How did it feel for me to ruin the calming experience with the loud alarm? (Allow students to share their response.)
- Do you think you’d be able to easily reenter a state of relaxation in this space again? (Once a ‘safe space’ is tainted, it can be very difficult to change that perception.)
- What other things are like this? Have you ever had a “happy place” that was ruined by a bad experience? (Maybe a once favorite restaurant spoiled by food poisoning or a quiet retreat now clouded by the memory of an ex.)
This sequence of events is very similar to what happened to the earth thousands of years ago when Adam and Eve first sinned. The once-perfect oasis of our planet was now irrevocably corrupted. Today, we’re going to look at God’s solution to our sin and see what lies in store for us beyond this earth.