Certain politicians argue that God has been expelled from our schools. But God’s presence isn’t just found in school prayer and displays of the Ten Commandments. God is always present, though sometimes it takes a tragedy for people to realize this.
Last week we once again saw destruction in our schools, as devastating tornadoes hit Oklahoma. While I saw the wreckage, I also saw that God was not at all absent from our schools.
On Tuesday morning I walked into Walmart and noticed two school buses unloading students. Inside the store, students were in small groups, filling carts with bottled water, gatorade, baby formula, diapers, wipes, flashlights, and work gloves. They stood at the checkout counter while all the other shoppers marveled at their generosity. These children choose to come to Walmart to shop for the victims of the recent tornadoes.
It wasn’t until I returned home that I learned the background behind this school shopping trip. In fact, these children were scheduled to visit the state capitol for an end-of-the-year field trip. Instead of a day of fun, they chose to take the money they would have spent on gas and admission and spend it on supplies for those in need.
When I was in the store, I didn’t hear anyone say anything specific about God, but these children demonstrated what God wants of us. They were giving generously to the “least among us.” God isn’t absent from our schools. He lives in the spirits, hearts, and actions of His children. Outward signs of religion do not lift up God’s people as much as these displays of faith in action that come from within. Let us look to the hearts of children and not classroom prayers or public displays of Christianity to see that God is truly present in schools.