Four days ago life was normal, like any other day on Rancho Tehama Ranch, but the next day, we woke up to multiple rounds of gun shots. It wasn’t long until we heard heard sirens and soon we began seeing flashing lights. A few minutes later news started to seep out. The report said, a gunman had killed some people and attempted to gun down children at the elementary school. The gunman rammed the closed gate and was looking to shoot anyone in sight. Thanks to the alert staff at the school and some very obedient children the shooter was not able to enter any classroom, so bullets were sprayed through the windows and walls and then he left on his killing rampage that ended when officers got in a gunfight with the shooter and he was killed, leaving 5 dead, a child wounded with a bullet in his chest and some injured and taken to local hospitals. Soon, rumors became facts. and it was hard to believe what was true. A tragedy had taken place and lives were changed. But in the midst of the darkness of evil the light of God’s grace, mercy and peace was evident by what I call “little miracles.” People who would have been in the line of fire were not in those places because of various reasons, for example I was sick and needed to stay in bed a little longer that day. If I would have gone through my regular routine and been walking up the sidewalk to my office at the church I would have been in the shooters aim, but not being there the shooter could only shoot a couple of windows out of my pickup. I have heard of many miracles at the school. The steadiness and bravery of the staff at the school, making sure the classroom doors were locked and the kids were in safe positions. The overall response of the children was amazing. They listened to teachers and staff and obeyed. There many more little miracles, but I will save those for another blog.
In short, God’s presence, power and peace was seen on that Tuesday. I would like to express my appreciation to those God used in performing the little miracles. The Police, FBI, and SWAT; The staff and children at the school, as well as the first responders, I am very appreciative of all of those who helped during this tragedy, but most of all I thank God for His protection. Readers, just know that God loves you, His Son (Jesus died and was raised for you and is coming again). “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved.” Be spiritually secure in this world of total insecurity.
Pastor Stephen May