It happens before you know it. You look away for an instant and your child is gone. The news media was focused on the tragedy at the Cleveland Ohio Zoo this past week.
As a four-year-old tried to climb over the fence enclosure of Harambe, an endangered species, a few days ago, he told his mother he wanted to get into the water with the gorilla and play with him. We don’t know what her response was. Then she looked away just long enough for him to climb over the fence and slip into the mote with the gorilla. She screamed as she witnessed the gorilla pulling the child around in circles in the water.
The crowd started screaming for someone to rescue the boy. The zoo attendants called the gorillas, and the females exited the mote. But Harambe would not be coaxed away. Realizing that anesthetizing with a dart gun may provoke the gorilla to further violence, the decision was made to kill the endangered animal to save the child.
As I watched the film clip of the tragedy, a truth about God came to mind. He’s omnipresent, aware of what’s happening all over the world. We sometimes slip into a helpless situation when we take our eyes off the Lord. However, nothing escapes His all-seeing perfect vision. Just as the zoo keeper saw the imminent danger of the boy being mauled or drowned by the animal, so God sees the potential danger when His helpless children are trapped in a vulnerable situation.” He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me” (Psalm 18:17).
We as followers of Christ can take heart that He sends his guardian angels to rescue us, for nothing takes Him by surprise. It’s all by divine appointment. These scriptures reassures us He’s always with us, “I will never leave you nor forsake you”(Joshua 1:5), and He’ll strengthen our faith, “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him (2 Chronicles 16:9a).We know even when we are in danger, He is with us.
So with these promises in mind, we can dance with assurance and joy, knowing that if we slip into danger like the little boy at the zoo, unlike a parent, God will never look away.