This Valentine’s Day my husband and I took the day off to have a long Valentine’s date. What an amazing day! It was one for the books no doubt. Not long into our day date, the headlines hit about a mass shooting that took place at a Florida high school. What horrible news to read on such a special day.
Later that day my husband sat the kids down and began to talk to them about what had happened. I could hardly believe my ears, but we found ourselves asking the kids what their plan would be if they were in a life-threatening situation like a shooting. I don’t know if every parent anticipates the moment they’ll need to explain what to do if they encounter a school shooter, but when the moment comes, it’s surreal.
In my high school days the main issues on the table were teen pregnancy, gang violence, and drug prevention. School assemblies, guest speakers, celebrities, D.A.R.E officers, seemed like nearly everyone came together to help the issues. Today we face other tragedies like bullying and mass school shootings. I would never have believed this would be my world today, but here we are living in it.
I’m not here to bring you down or list arguments on gun violence prevention or whose fault it is when a tragedy to this magnitude has transpired, but what I will say is that I believe wholeheartedly that no matter the situation God is still watching over our children. We cannot control every situation. We cannot shield them from every evil. But we can put them in the hands of the best shepherd this world will ever know. This will probably be the shortest blog entry I’ve made to date. Honestly I am finding myself at a loss for words as I think about the 17 innocent lives that were senselessly taken just last week. All I can think about over and over is that internal knowledge that our lives are in His hands, and my children’s lives are is in His hands, and that’s the safest place to be.
John 16:33 (NIV)
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”