Before this step, use your smartphone to pull up the page of stock rescue icons located here. NOTE: This is NOT a free download, so do NOT attempt to make a copy of the images; however, you will want to have this handy on your device to show to individual students if they need ideas. (If your class is meeting online, you can invite students to draw images of key tags on cardstock at home. They can write phrases in the key tags and then cut out the shapes at home.)
No matter if we’re strong, weak, confident, or desperate, we all need to cry out to God for help in every crisis. He is big enough to help us and loving enough to rescue us. And His help is perfect. As a reminder that God is powerful and compassionate when we need Him most, let’s make some visual examples of His goodness toward us.
Provide students with blank paper and markers (or invite students to have supplies ready at home). After they practice drawing several images of their choice (using the clip art for inspiration), hand out the metal-edged key tags (at least two per student). Have them use a pencil to reproduce their favorite icon on the tag before they use an ultra-thin marker to make it permanent. Encourage them to make at least two key tags—one to keep and one to give away. Have them write in the blank area of their tags using key phrases and verses from encouraging passages related to God’s compassionate nature. Choose phrases from the following passages:
“God is our refuge and strength, An ever-present help in trouble.”
“The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.”
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.”
“Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress.”
When your students are done designing their key tags, discuss the following questions together:
- Samson and other Old Testament figures had difficulties that we probably can’t relate to. What might our difficulties look like? (Help your students think of relatable crises: chronic illness, family divorce, financial trouble, etc.)
- Does God always fix things right away? What can we do when rescue doesn’t come immediately? (God’s methods and rescues take different forms in different time frames. While it’s hard to trust God over long periods of suffering, we must depend on His goodness and knowledge even when we can’t see it.)
Before we leave, think of the name of one person you know who is going through a difficult crisis. Let’s use our rescue symbols and verses to encourage others who need to be reminded of God’s strength and love by giving them one of the key tags you designed. Who can you encourage today? Remind students that their key tag does not have to go on a key—it can be used to hang from a backpack or purse, etc.
Close in prayer.