Directed to safety

October 09, 2017 at 6:00 AM

A student in El Salvador exits the school building while following the arrows on the ground. The arrows inform student of the escape route.

Directed to safety

By Dr. Greg Kuiper

During a recent trip to El Salvador, I visited several schools where our Luke Society ministry director, Dr. Beatriz Navidad, gives health presentations using a Biblical foundation.

Walking into these rural schools, I noticed that all of them had arrows painted on the sidewalks and even on the floors inside some of the classrooms. I naively assumed this represented the preferred traffic flow for students to follow. But on closer examination, I recognized that the arrows only directed students out of the classroom and away from the school building.

These arrows were actually evacuation routes for students to follow in case of an earthquake or other natural disaster. The safest place to go in such a situation is outside of the building.

This concept gained greater significance when I learned of a 7.1 magnitude earthquake that hit Mexico City during my visit in El Salvador. One of the tragic outcomes of this earthquake involved an elementary school that had collapsed, killing 19 children and six adults. Unfortunately, those in the school had little warning to get out before the building collapsed.

Seeing the planned routes to safety that were in place in the El Salvador schools reminded me of the warnings we have been given in Scripture. God paints a clear path for us to follow so that we can navigate from a place of danger to a place of safety.

Dr. Navidad has been sharing the evacuation routes that God provides to protect us spiritually as she teaches sensitive topics like sexuality, incorporating Biblical values.

We are promised in I Corinthians 10: 13 that “…when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”

But tragically, we often choose to believe the enemy’s lie that “everything is fine” or “there isn’t anything harmful about this place” and we don’t follow the escape route God provides. We foolishly stay put to our own demise.

May God continue to extend His grace as we all learn to listen more consistently to His Holy Spirit who faithfully speaks truth into our lives with the intention of guiding us to safety.


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