- Do you feel time moves fast or slow? Why? (Answers will vary.)
Time is one of those complex things that can be hard to grasp since our perspective is often so limited. You might think time moves in slow motion—especially when you are waiting for something specific. But a wider view tells us that time flies by quickly and you wonder where the time went.
Some things seem to take a long time to grow and change, especially when you only see them one day at a time. Plants are an example of this. If you plant a seed, and wait each day for it to grow, it feels like it can take a long time for sprouts to break the soil. When you see the whole process, though, you realize that plants are always growing, even when you can’t see the changes right away.
Play the following video for your students [2:34; if time is an issue, you can play from 0:00-0:27]:
Growing Plants Time Lapse Compilation – 123 Days Of Growing in 2,5 Minutes
- At what point of growth do you think the plants changed the most? (Answers will vary.)
- Why do you think people like to document the development of plants, pets, or children? What does it teach us? (Time moves quickly. We think we will always be at one stage in life, but in a blink of an eye, a new stage has arrived.)
- If you had a time lapse video of high school so far, what big events would it contain? What about personal changes? (Encourage students to share some of the stages they’ve gone through so far. These might include a summer where they grew several inches, a change in haircut or style, or a difference in interest—such as a band member in uniform who changed to a football player in uniform.)
The Bible documents God’s wide-angle view of humanity. Each season and stage of life is designed carefully, each part fitting into the sometimes unknowable plan of God. Let’s look at the Book of Ecclesiastes and find out how perfectly all the parts fit together.