When students join your group today, mention that you brought popcorn for them to munch on as you show a video. Make sure that students are aware that they have to wait until everyone is served before they can start eating.
Begin to hand out napkins and popcorn moving at a very, very slow pace. Do everything you can to draw out the process so that it is obvious to everyone that you are purposely making them wait.
- How hard was that to wait for your popcorn? Waiting patiently is hard for most everyone! (Give students an opportunity to talk about what they find hard to wait for or have students share an instance when they had to wait a long time for something like concert tickets, buying a newly released phone, the opening night of a movie, Black Friday shopping sales, etc.)
Share the following clip with your students [1:31]:
It is a slow moving, but a very good climber. Meet the three-toed sloth in the rainforest of Panama.
Sloths move slower than any other mammal on earth. They travel at about one foot per minute! Imagine getting stuck behind a car moving that slow on the highway! People aren’t that slow, but it can still be hard to wait for something.
- How do you feel when you have to wait on someone or something that you think is moving way too slow? (Answers will vary, but most will probably admit that it is irritating.)
- Have you ever wanted to rush someone or something that was moving too slow? Tell us about it. (Students may comment on someone taking too long to get ready or even mention someone elderly moving too slow for their liking. They mention that Christmas and birthdays are hard to wait for, etc.)
Today’s society is “go, go, go.” Waiting isn’t something we do well. Today’s lesson is about waiting on Someone who needs us to wait because He knows what is best for us. That isn’t easy, but it is important. Let’s see what we can learn about waiting from today’s lesson.