We often fail to understand what God desires for us because we see with physical eyes and not with spiritual eyes. Play “Human Camera” to get a discussion going.
Human Camera offers participants an opportunity to develop trust while experiencing the world a little differently. This partner activity requires one person, whose eyes are closed, to trust her partner while using her eyes as a camera to take snapshots. It allows us to see the world from a little different perspective.
The human eye functions in much the same way as a camera. Each has a lens, an iris to regulate the amount of light entering, a shutter, and a focal plane or surface on which the image forms. For our purpose, the eye will be our camera. Helping the group understand the basic function of the eye and similarity to a camera will add to the experience.
Allow the group to choose partners. Once everyone has a partner, ask them to decide who will be the spotter and who will be the camera. Spotters are to assure the safety of their partner while leading them to the place and object they wish to record.
The person acting as the camera closes his eyes. The spotter picks out an object and carefully leads his partner to it. When the human camera is aimed, the spotter-turned-photographer gently tugs on the earlobe or offers some other subtle signal for the human camera to quickly open and close his eyes. Repeat the process several times, varying the scenes between landscapes, portraits, and close-ups. Once this is done, change roles.
When both have acted as the camera, bring the group together to debrief the activity. Debriefing could deal with trust, the person’s perceptions of how things were, did the camera record what the photographer intended, or distinguishing large from small.
We fail to understand what God desires for us because we see with physical eyes and not with spiritual eyes. We see what we want for ourselves, not what God wants for us.
So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
(2 Corinthians 4:18, HCSB).
Joe Hicks is manager for FUGE Camps.
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