Have you ever seen the inside of a mechanical watch? You probably haven’t given much thought to how they work. Show your students some of the immersive images in the link below before moving on, demonstrating the intricate complexity of all the unseen parts. Feel free to show them as many or as few as you want—the idea is that they get a picture of all the small pieces working together.
How a Mechanical Watch Works
Inside a watch there are over 130 moving pieces, most of them smaller than a grain of rice! And if you remove even a single piece—one rice-sized scrap of metal— the entire watch stops working. Every piece is essential. It’s mind-blowing how a bunch of tiny, seemingly useless objects can come together to create something amazing!
Consider how important every single job was in one of the most amazing feats in human history: sending people to the moon. There are 24 astronauts that have walked on the moon. But for every person that actually takes off in the space shuttle, there are thousands of scientists and engineers doing behind-the-scenes work. Let’s watch this clip from the movie Apollo 13 to get a glimpse into how many people are involved in a takeoff:
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Apollo 13 (1995) – Go for Launch Scene (3/11)|Movieclips
In the same way that all the parts of a watch come together to make it operate, so every individual member of the launch team was necessary to get those astronauts into space. Every last little job was attended to by somebody!
- Can you think of other examples where many small things come together to create something greater? (This can be literally anything, from thousands of Legos coming together to build miniature cities to diverse sports teams coming together to accomplish great victories.)
- Have you ever felt that your role in a team was insignificant? (This might be a good place for the teacher to speak first, opening up about their own experiences. Keep in mind the focus of the lesson: No job is too small for God’s people.)
- Have you ever refused, or been tempted to refuse, a job or role on a team because you felt it wasn’t important enough?
Very often we shirk opportunities to serve or fill a need because we feel we will be undervalued in the role. We want to be the astronaut who becomes famous, not the computer operator who is equally vital but not as famous. Today we will be looking at how God’s people respond to such situations…