At the Aurora movie theatre on the night of the Batman movie premiere where the horrific shootings took place, Chris Lakota, a mixed martial artist, first reaction wasn’t fear, but anger. He was at another movie when the evacuation began.
“For surely I know the plans I have for you, said the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” —Jeremiah 29:11
As Chris saw the people running out of theater 9, he realized someone was shooting in there; so he ran in. His initial thought was to find the shooter. But then he saw 18-year-old Bonnie Kate, limping from a gunshot to her leg.
Chris carried her out of the theater. Outside, he put a sweatshirt under her head and wrapped another one around her knee. He gave her some water and yelled for an ambulance.
“It was just pandemonium,” he said. “People were screaming [and] running for their cars.”
Chris and two others carried Bonnie to the front seat of a patrol car. “Think about positive things,” he told her. “Think about your summer.” He told her not to look at her leg, which at first was spouting blood. “Just keep your eyes up.”
He stayed with her the whole time.
“I wanted to do something good,” said Chris. “If you see bad, and you don’t do anything, I feel it’s just as bad as the evil itself. It felt like everything in my life prepared me to go in there.”
Chris feels like he was meant to go that night. “I wouldn’t change it for anything,” he said.
If we believe in God and that He has a purpose for our lives, then there are no coincidences. The sooner we view life that way, the more impact we can have by living intentional lives, like Chris Lakota.
SOVEREIGN GOD, I believe You have a plan for me and a purpose for every day. Lead me to live an intentional life!