This Bible game will help children remember that God is always helping and guiding us, even if He isn’t directly next to us. It might be difficult to decipher what or where God is guiding us, but we must remember to trust that He is leading us somewhere that will benefit us.
• Three Flashlights
Children will have to follow the light patterns of their leader in order to get to safety.
Lighthouses are so important when it comes to maritime life, as they help warn boats of danger and help guide them to safety. These great tall buildings are actually quite simple in layout. Up at the very tippy top of the buildings is a light that rotates. This light lets the ships know which way is safest to go. And they rotate because that makes them appear to be different than any other light that is visible from the shore. If the light stays still, it might be a house or a street lamp, something that could guide the ship in the very wrong direction. The different patterns of the lighthouse lights help keep the ships safe. Let’s try our ship-life out by being lighthouses ourselves!
1. If possible, divide the group into three even teams.
2. Choose one child from each team to be a lighthouse.
3. Give each lighthouse a flashlight.
4. Have each lighthouse develop their own light pattern (ie- one slowly spins with the flashlight, one blinks with the flashlight, one spins and blinks with the flashlight, etc.).
5. Make sure all three patterns are different.
6. Tell each team individually what light pattern to look for.
7. Turn the lights off and place the three lighthouses in three separate corners of the room; make sure the rest of the group has their eyes closed!
8. Have the rest of the group get on their hands and knees in the middle of the room.
9. When you say “Sail!” the lighthouses will begin flashing their patterns and the children in the center will find their correct pattern and crawl to their lighthouse.
10. The first lighthouse to have all of their team members back, wins.
Psalm 32:8 says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” Crawling around in the dark wasn’t easy, right? Especially not with all of us crawling at once! It was confusing and we kept bumping into one another. But once we saw which lighthouse had our pattern, it was easy to find the right path to follow. Lighthouses guide us without ever holding onto us or being directly next to us. They work almost like how God does. We can’t see where God wants us to go, but we trust that He is leading our lives into the right direction of where we need to be.
On National Lighthouse Day, let’s remember that having the light of God is what keeps us going, and ultimately, what keeps us happy, healthy, and safe!