At some point in your life, things are going to go wrong. When that happens, where will you go? What will you do? How will you find the people who are important to you and make sure they are safe? Rather than worrying about these things, we can make a plan. God put people in our lives to help us when things go wrong and to help ease our worries. We need to talk with them and have them help us be prepared for life’s “fires”.
If you don’t have a fire safety plan to bring, find another plan or safety measure that you have created for your own life. Examples: emergency phone number list; kitchen fire safety supplies (extinguisher, baking soda, smoke detector); tornado warning procedures.
Read Psalm 46:1, 1 Peter:5:7, Luke 2:41-49.
How many of you have been through fire safety training at school? Do you have fire drills sometimes? Have any of you ever been in an actual fire?
It is important to be prepared for emergencies, because while they are happening, lots of things are going on at once and making decisions can be difficult. If you have a plan ahead of time, you can work through some of the difficulties you might face when you are calm and really have time to think about what you want to do. It doesn’t mean everything will go according to your plan if things go wrong, but it does mean you won’t be lost and have no idea what to do. Being prepared will help you stay calm in times of crisis and that will make it easier to react and listen for what to do.
Have any of you ever made a fire safety plan for your home? I brought an example of one that my family did at our house. We drew a floor plan of our house and marked all of the exits. Then on each floor, we marked the exit we would use first and the exit we would use second if we were ever stuck on that floor. We also picked a meeting place outside our house where we could all find each other and know that everyone made it safely out.
A fire safety plan is a great idea. We should do the same thing in the rest of our lives. The Bible has lots of ideas about how to handle life’s problems. If we read the Bible on a regular basis, we can use it’s examples to help us think through things that might happen to us and decide how we should handle them. We also should talk to our family and teachers about things that worry us or that we don’t know what to do about. They can help us think through those worries and make a plan, just in case things do go wrong.
In times of trouble, we need to know
Where to go
What to do
How to find each other
Rely on help of those around you. God put them in your life to help you. Rely on God. Read his word and understand that He has a plan for all of life’s troubles.
Lord, thank you for sending people who care about us, to help us prepare for life. We know most of the things we worry about won’t actually ever happen, but it’s good to know we have people who will help, just in case. Guide us in all we do. In your loving name we pray. Amen.