- Have you heard of someone who had a “near death” or life-threatening experience? Tell us about it. (Answers will vary, but students may talk about an accident of someone they know or something they heard on the news or saw in a movie. Be prepared to get things going with a story of your own if no one has anything to share.)
We are going to watch a video about a 13 year old who nearly lost his life. Listen carefully to see if you can discover what he focused on to survive.
Share the following video [2:48]:
Quick-Thinking 13-year-old Rescued Himself After Shark Attack
What an amazing story! Were you listening for how this teen survived?
- What did Keane do that led to his survival? (Students may talk about how Keane looked over at the kayak, swam to it and climbed on. They may talk about how he took action instead of just sitting in the water.)
Listen to part of the story from the news article about the incident:
“I [came] up, my mask is off, I’m all confused, and then I look over.” That’s when he realized it was a shark. What the 13-year-old shark attack victim did next saved his life!
“My wetsuit is all ripped up, and blood is starting to go into the water. And then just by instinct I start swimming to that kayak as fast as I can and I’m screaming help, help, help … Shark! … I swim to the kayak, I pull myself on, and I tell the guy we have to get to shore.”
Even injured, Keane kept his wits about him, and made his way quickly to a nearby kayak. Getting himself out of the water so quickly is what saved his life.”
- What are some things Keane could have been focused on that would NOT have helped him survive? (Answers will vary, but might include: The shark, confusion, his blood in the water, his ripped up wet suit, how far away the kayak looked, how small the kayak was, etc.)
- When you are scared or in a desperate situation, what are some things you tend to focus on that aren’t helpful? (Accept all reasonable answers.)
The fact that life is short and bad things can happen shouldn’t be scary if we’re focused on the right thing. Looking at the right thing and taking action likely saved Keane’s life. One time, when the Israelites were close to death in the desert, God instructed them to look at something specific to live. Let’s find out what that was!
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You can find Steps 2 and 3 in your teacher’s guide. For upper elementary, middle school, and high school your Step 4 appears below. For adult, use the Step 4 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.
As we saw in the video, Keane’s quick thinking saved his life. But as humans we have an even greater need than survival. We need the salvation that only comes from Jesus Christ.
Ask a volunteer to read Hebrews 12:2. When we look to Jesus, He not only offers us eternal life but the best life during our years on earth. If you have never made the decision to follow Jesus and trust in Him for salvation, I would love to talk to you about that after we close in prayer. Help with sharing the Gospel with this age group is found in your teacher’s guide.
Hand each student a sheet of paper and a pen. Have students draw a line down and across the paper to create four quadrants (or they may fold their papers to create four equal sections). Encourage students to label each quadrant with an area of his or her life. (Examples: home, school, friends, hobbies, future, etc.) Urge them to use the back of their paper to create more space for categories if needed. Instruct your students to write “What would change if I fixed my eyes on Jesus …” at the top of their papers.
The idea of death can be scary, but Jesus offers us life. How would different areas of your life be impacted if you kept your eyes on Jesus? For example, perhaps you wouldn’t worry about your future, knowing that Jesus already knows all the details and will be faithful to carry out all He has planned for you!
As students write, you might want to play this music video in the background [3:03]:
Lauren Daigle – “Look Up Child” (Audio)
Give students a few moments to think and write their answers in each quadrant. Keep this paper in your Bible this week to remind you that looking to Jesus brings life. As you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, He will deepen your faith and help you discover the purposes He has for your life.
If time permits invite (but do not require) volunteers to share a few things they wrote down.
Close in prayer.
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