Code Adam

I was at Wal-Mart last week, in a hurry trying to get to my son’s baseball game. I had everything on my list and was headed to the front of the store towards the registers when I heard the store manager come over the loud speakers “Attention Wal-Mart Associates, we have a Code Adam. Attention Wal-Mart Associates, we have a Code Adam” I froze. I know what a Code Adam is; it means someone’s child is missing.

My mother’s heart sank as I stood there watching to see what would unfold. What I saw amazed me. Wal-Mart associates appeared from every direction, dropping what they were doing. Leaving shelves unstocked, leaving customers waiting, with one mind and with laser focus they turned from their jobs and set out to find this missing child. From the store manager to the door greeters every Associate participated. It was one of the most beautiful sights I’ve ever seen.

As I stood there watching this army come together to pursue a lost child I heard a gentle whisper “Oh, if my church would respond like this.”

And I wonder why we don’t. Is it because we are too fearful to call our own “Code Adam” when our lives fall apart? Are we worried what others will think if we open up and ask for help? Or do we think we don’t need help? That whatever it is that we are facing that we can handle it on our own?  Or is it because when we have called a Code Adam in the past no one cared enough to show up?

What would it look like if we responded to need like the Wal-Mart Associates respond to a Code Adam? What if we dropped everything and went to God in prayer with that same determination when someone is hurting? If we determined to fight for our families the way we would fight for a missing child? What if we considered another’s pain as important as our own?

Being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves ; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Phil. 2:2-4

It’s time to call a Code Adam. It’s time to come together in prayer, in support, in love.

Do you have your own personal “Code Adam” right now? Is there something heavy on your heart that we can pray with you about? 

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