- What are things you feel strong doing? Why? (Answers might include: I’m good in school, it’s easy for me; singing, I sing in church and in the school choir; soccer, I really like it, etc.)
- What are things about you that you feel show weakness? Why? (Answers: Math, numbers are hard for me to understand; hitting the baseball out of the infield, I don’t seem to have enough strength, etc.)
We all have strengths and weaknesses. Not everyone is good at everything, nor are we bad at everything. In fact, many times our struggles are what make us stronger or teach us lessons about life.
Have you ever heard there’s strength in numbers? Our video clip today showcases this perfectly. Last winter an 8-year-old-boy was seen dangling from his chairlift on a mountain top at a ski resort in Vancouver, Canada. The man in the chairlift wasn’t able to pull him back up, so the boy was left hanging 20 feet in the air. Then, a group of teens raced in to help. Let’s see what happens next.
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Watch Teens Pull Off Incredible Rescue Of Boy Dangling From Ski Lift TODAY
Alone, none of those teenage boys would have been able to save the young boy. But together they were strong in their thinking, their quick action, and their physical strength to catch the boy when he fell.
- How do you think the 8-year-old boy felt when he saw 5 teenage boys coming to his rescue, instead of actual rescue workers? (Answers may vary: Relieved someone was coming to his rescue; scared they wouldn’t be able to help him; thankful for their quick response, etc.)
- Do you think any of those teenagers had a chance of rescuing the boy by themselves without the help of the others? (No. None of the boys were strong enough, tall enough, or clever enough to come up with a way by themselves to accomplish it in time. All of their weakness joined together = power to pull off the rescue.)
- Have you ever been in a situation where you didn’t think you were strong enough to accomplish something, but you did it anyway and accomplished the task? (Some possible answers: I was in the spelling bee at school and never thought I could get to the end, but I did and ended up winning the whole thing; I never thought I was smart enough to get straight A’s in school, but I worked hard anyway and ended up getting straight A’s that year, etc.)
We’ve all been faced with seemingly impossible tasks in our lives. Tasks where we felt weak, unprepared, or underequipped to complete the job. Some of us have given up when that happened and others of us have pushed on and gotten it done anyway. Either way, feeling weak in a situation isn’t fun; in fact, it makes us feel defeated before we even get started.
In today’s lesson we’re going to learn about another man in the Bible who faced an impossible situation. Talk about feeling weak! But, our God is a God of making the impossible, possible. When we are weak, He is strong. Let’s read on to see how strong our God is.