We all face challenging situations throughout our lives. Maybe some of you are facing challenges right now. Over the last few years, we’ve seen a rapid increase in difficult worldwide events including natural disasters, contentious politics both in our country and the world, mass shootings, and infectious diseases.
- What are some news stories or current events you’ve heard in recent months? (Accept all reasonable responses, inviting students to share respectfully.)
Thank you for sharing! These are just a few examples of challenges happening in the world, but we may not have even listed the types of situations that may be affecting you or your family right now.
- In what area of life are you most likely to run into challenges? Does anyone feel comfortable sharing examples? (Answers may vary; encourage discussion by sharing your own experience.)
- What ways do you use to cope with difficult situations? (Possible answers: asking for help from teachers or parents; trying to stay focused on positive things; some students may say they try to ignore them and hope they will go away.)
Sometimes in nature, we find examples of how challenges can be overcome. For example, when a dragonfly first emerges from its skin, its legs are too soft and unformed to support it. It just hangs there upside down—helpless and vulnerable to any predator that might come along. Things look pretty bleak!
Play the following video for your students [1:46]:
From Nymph to Wings: The Dragonfly Life Cycle | Asia’s Weirdest | National Geographic Wild UK
Just when things seem the worst for the dragonfly, something amazing happens: the dragonfly’s legs stiffen and it pulls itself up and pulls its tail loose. Its wings are free to open, and in just a few hours, it’s ready to fly! God made sure that the dragonfly had everything it needs in order to take flight. He will make sure you have everything you need to get through your struggles too.
No matter how difficult or impossible a situation seems, we can trust God for the outcome! That’s what today’s lesson is about!