A Watchman

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

This school year has brought something new to my life. If you would have asked me years ago if it would be something that I would be doing, I would probably said no. Yet here we are in this new school year and I get to be a crossing guard at Travis Elementary.

I am only doing it on Friday’s but have been there at a couple of other times to make sure I was doing what I needed to do. There is really not much that you need to know or do, yet what you do is of the utmost importance.

As a crossing guard it is your responsibility to make sure that the children and their parents get across the street safely. To this point it has gone very smooth. It is truly a wonderful thing to see the vehicles slowdown in the school zone and then stop when you step into the street holding the stop sign.

I realize that being a crossing guard may not seem like a big thing, but in reality it is. You see, there are times when a student may be headed for school and more focused on what is going to take place when they get inside than what is taking place as they cross the street.

But what concerns me even more is that driver that for whatever reason may not be fully aware of what is going on around them. It might be they are running a little late to get to work or they had something go wrong before they got into the car and headed out. There can be several things that will cause a driver to be distracted.

It may sound like it’s not a big deal, but it could well be. So in reality it is important for the crossing guard to be aware of those who are driving as well as what the students are doing as they approach the crosswalk. It is a matter of making sure that any danger is dealt with before it actually becomes a reality.

Because of all that could take place it is the duty of the crossing guard to watch over those who come to the cross walk. In Scripture being a watchman is an important position and one that was appointed to people along the way.

In the Old Testament there were those that were appointed watchman. They were to watch over the people and warn them of danger that was coming. In Ezekiel we find God appointing him to stand as a watchman for Israel. Ezekiel 3:17 says -- 17 “Son of man, I have appointed you a watchman to the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from My mouth, warn them from Me.”

The watchman was responsible to keep watch over the people and warn them concerning danger they were facing. The watchman was to tell the people about impending danger and would even be held accountable if they failed to warn them.

When we go into the New Testament the writer of Hebrews wrote in Hebrews 13:17 --- 17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.

A watchman is one that is there to provide proper oversight of those who are under their care. It is important that they be there for those who may well be in spiritual danger. The truth is that those who know Christ are a watchman for those who have yet to come to Christ.

You can call them a watchman or a crossing guard, but the responsibility is the same – protect people from impending danger. While protecting those students from the danger of crossing the street is truly important, protecting people from the danger of satan and the demons is even more important.

I am proud to be a crossing guard at Travis and will do the best I can to protect everyone who crosses 23rd Street going to the school. I am also proud that God has called me to be a ‘watchman’ over the lives that move on the streets of Pampa.

Don’t forget that He has called you to be that Watchman as well.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul