Like many churches, we have children’s time during morning worship. The children come to the platform and sit on the floor around one of our pastors. A message adjusted to their age level is presented. At the beginning of the Lenten season, a tall heavy cross was placed on the platform. It towered over the area where the children normally gather. The children came forward and took their usual place around Pastor Daryl. This put them at the foot of the cross.
As the children crowded around, one little boy climbed through the group and sat down on the support base and leaned against the cross. The slightly tilted cross moved a little toward the children. While the movement was unnoticed by the children, it certainly caught my attention. Before I could react, Pastor Andrea, our youth pastor, moved quickly and unobtrusively into the crowd of little ones. She took a position that allowed her to steady the heavy cross.
I felt a deep sense of relief. I also experienced a feeling of satisfaction. Andrea had been a student in one of my education classes at Asbury University. She took the class just prior to her student teaching. The class strongly emphasized the concept of ‘foreseeability’ when working with children. In the eyes of the law, foreseeability may be defined as the ability to look ahead and foresee potentially dangerous situations and take appropriate measures to prevent injury. Andrea certainly demonstrated foreseeability.
Variations of this concept appear in scripture and have strong spiritual implications for us:
- “A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences” (Proverbs 27:3, NLT).
- “…so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs” (2 Corinthians 2:11, ESV).
- “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8, NIV).
- “Just make sure you stay alert. Keep close watch over yourselves. Don’t forget anything of what you’ve seen. Don’t let your heart wander off. Stay vigilant as long as you live” (Deuteronomy 4:9, MSG).
With God’s word as “a lamp for our feet and a light for our path” (Psalm 119:105), we are able demonstrate ‘foreseeability’ in this world rife with dangerous situations. By God’s grace we can say, “For in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28, NKJV). We are able to walk with Jesus and avoid potentially hazardous situations.
“The wise see danger ahead and avoid it, but fools keep going and get into trouble.”
(Proverbs 27:12, NCV)
~ Brother Roy