Yesterday, as I was volunteering in my daughter’s kindergarten class, a voice over the loudspeaker announced, “Lock down, immediately, this is not a drill!” Teachers jumped into action and children obeyed instructions quickly and soberly.
I was amazed by how quickly 18 children could come in from a snack break in the hall and quietly huddle in a corner. They followed instructions perfectly. I sat in front of them in the dark room, heart thumping, fingers fumbling out a quick text to my husband.
I wasn’t truly afraid, but the natural adrenaline rush telling my body to be ready to fight or flee was hard to control. The moment was over as quickly as it came. I’m amazed by the way ten minutes can shape an entire day. I’m thankful it didn’t rearrange my whole life.
It was nothing more ominous than a foolish man looking for children to scare, clad in a mask, and unarmed. We were never in true danger. No one knew that at the moment though.
As much as I wish I didn’t live in a world that threatens my kids I was thankful for the opportunity to talk to them about true life. Max, as a fourth grader, understood the danger better than Maggie did. He had lots of processing to do, some of it included a game plan of attacking bad guys with sharp pencils!
Our memory verse for the morning was John 14:6 “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” After school we talked about the meaning of those verses in light of the day’s events. I told my son that he was never in any danger, not just because the man was unarmed, but because Jesus has conquered death. A bad guy isn’t a threat when you realize that Jesus is life and has made a way to the Father for us. I saw the understanding dawn on his face and although he enjoyed talking about how to defeat bad guys for the rest of the evening I know his courage comes from his faith in Jesus.
Later I got a call from Max’s teacher, whom we love, touching base about the lock down. The first thing she said is “you should be so proud of Max, you’re raising a great kid. During the lock down I told him his job was to pray and so under the desks your son prayed the whole time out loud for his class, his school, and the police men.” I’m so thankful that he has a teacher who is concerned with his spiritual and moral development and encourages him to lead.
This world is dangerous and we have an enemy at war with our Father and our own souls. I don’t want to hide that fact from my kids, I don’t think I could if I tried, but I do want to equip them to stand firm.
Today let’s pray that our children will live in the confidence that Jesus is the way, the truth, the life:
Father, this world can be a dangerous place for our children, help our mama hearts to rest assured in your faithfulness to our kids. As we raise them to trust you will you give them the confidence they need to follow you boldly, to speak unashamed of your goodness, to trust your protection. Draw their hearts to live in the assurance that Jesus gives them life. Thank you that we can trust you with these precious kids. Amen.