Early this morning, on my walk, I paid attention to the throng of traffic headed towards the high school. I thought about those teens in their cars racing to school. I thought about the burdens they carry. Were they late? Had they just had an argument with parents? Were they depressed? Struggling with friendships or eating disorders. Were they bullied?
And then randomly, I wondered:
Did they worry about school shootings?
And then it slowly dawned on me, the kids who are graduating this year weren’t even alive when the Columbine High School tragedy happened just down the road here in Littleton.
It’s been that long? To me it seems like yesterday.
Even now, when I drive by the school, which is virtually every day, I get teary. When I walk my granddaughter at the park we sometimes go by the Columbine Memorial at Clement Park.
Almost every single student has a quote on her name that talks about his or her belief in God?
Don’t you think that’s uncanny?
Why? Because faith, at least for me, was so hard to come by.
When I was in High School my mom was dying but I didn’t understand it because my parents protected me from knowing the full extent of her disease. I was raised to believe in God, but when she died, I lost my relationship with Him.
It took ten years to find it again.
Tonight I’m teaching Bethel Bible Series class at my church. We’re on Week 26 of 40 weeks. No other lesson is more important: it’s about salvation.
I don’t think I would have found love and saving faith for God without going down the rocky path I did for 27 years.
In my case, my deep faith was hard to come by. I’m sure it’s the same for many of the kids I saw driving by today.
In John 17, we hear the most intimate words of Christ talking to God his father.This prayer is really important for he knows he is about to die! He prays for his followers: “May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (v. 21)
I feel so fortunate to have a saving faith. So few do.
And yet, so many of those Columbine kids did.
Do you believe in God? Was your faith hard to come by?
But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20:31
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Lucille Zimmerman is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Littleton, CO and an affiliate faculty teacher at Colorado Christian University.
She is also the author of Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World. Through practical ideas and relatable anecdotes, readers can better understand their strengths and their passions—and address some of the underlying struggles or hurts that make them want to keep busy or minister to others to the detriment of themselves. Renewed can help nurture those areas of women’s lives to use them better for work, family, and service. It gives readers permission to examine where they spend their energy and time, and learn to set limits and listen to “that inner voice."