Four second grade classrooms streamed out of the building and onto the playground joining a kindergarten class which was already out there. After a morning of testing, we were taking a much needed break right before our regular recess and lunch. Approximately 140 children were out on the playground when it happened. The fire alarm went off and people started pouring out of the building. A whistle blew and the next moment, kindergarteners and second graders raced to their respective teachers as we quickly counted children and moved them to a safe distance away from the building.
I let out a sigh of relief. Everyone was accounted for and following me over to the sidewalk and down the street. I noticed the fire chief from the local fire station observing us. Oh good. Not a real fire. We'd had one here about 12 years ago. Fortunately there had only been some smoke damage at the time. It's nice that the fire station is located just at the bottom of the hill.
After the drill, the children returned to their play. Normally a drill is not done this close to lunch. This is the first time it has ever happened within the memory of any of us but it was nice to know we could do it. It was nice to know our kids knew what to do. It really was amazing to behold.
I can't help but wonder if I do as well when my Savior calls me. Do I recognize His voice? Do I respond immediately? Do I know who my leader is? Do I follow Him or do I try to argue with Him or give my opinion? This is just another lesson I'm learning from the second grade classroom. I want to respond to my leader, Jesus Christ, just the way my students followed me today.
I think one of my own pitfalls is thinking that what "I" am seeing is truth. I look at the building - I don't see any fire - I decide to ignore the fire alarm. In the same way, I think Jesus/God/Holy Spirit speaks to us and instead of simply obeying like your children did today, we apply our own filters to the message before we decide how to respond.
The question that came to mind was how were the children trained to know what to do? Obviously they knew who to look for and where to go. I think it would be great to extend this analogy one step further to help us all understand how in this kind of confusing environment the kids could know exactly what to do. Oh that we were as children sometimes. Great analogy (ies).
Oh that is a good one.
Okay, first of all, they know what the expectations are. We practice. While we practice fire drills of course, they are continuously being taught to listen for the teacher's voice. A trust relationship must be developed as well. They have learned to trust me. When they are in trouble, they come to me...even if they are in another classroom with another teacher. I have had children leave a place (which they get in trouble for because that's not safe) and look for me if they have a problem.
After a drill, or a similar type of thing, we review. What went right? What went wrong? What do we need to do differently next time? How long did it take us compared to last time? We always do a feedback time after a drill. Always. Finally, we do make them aware of why it is important to listen and stay with the teacher. It is a safety issue. This is it in a nutshell but I think it is very easy to apply this to our relationship with God. The things we learn from children!
Great Post! I pray that I "respond" immediately to Christ when I hear that voice in my stillness...I like to think I can after constantly working on my responses as I have with identifying with Peter. I pray that I honor GOD when the time comes and they will! For Jesus Christ is my leader, Our leader...Amen