By: Jessica Brock
I had the pleasure of interviewing three amazing Redwood students from the 6th grade, Autumn Tucker, Ryan Glueckert, and Sophia Nicolas.
Autumn has done many good deeds in her life, but one stuck out to me as great. She goes to a youth group. Many people may not think that going to a youth group counts as a good deed, but I beg to differ. I honor those who take time to go to anything church related, because they’re seeking after God, who is the One True Mentor. “I go to youth group,” she told me, “because I love to, not because my parents make me. I love anything God related, and reading His Word, plus spending time with my friends.” She reminded me of Canopus, the second brightest star in our solar system. One reason is because she’s brilliant, seeking God first and man second. I find that good quality in a person. She also reminds me of Joan of Arc, for she is unrelenting about doing what is right.
Ryan is an active person, either doing one sport or the next. He reminds me of Procyon, the brightest star in the constellation Canis Minor. It appears to be a single star to the naked eye, but if you look closer, it really consists of many littler ones. He reminds of Martin Luther, the Catholic monk who became a Christian. Luther was excommunicated (put out) from the Church because he believed that grace was a work only of God. That’s kind of like Ryan. When you look at him, he just looks like an average 6th grader, as Luther appeared to many as “just” a monk. But if you look closer, there’s much more to him. He is thoughtful and skillful in what he does. Take time to get to know Ryan and you’ll see what’s under his “hood”!
Sophia struck me as a quiet and kept-to-herself type of person when I interviewed her. But, as I continued to talk to her, she seemed to soften up and talk a little more. Her church that she goes to has a youth group, and she participates in it. She reminds me of Rigel. Rigel is classified as a Class B Supergiant; its distance about 800 light years from the sun. Rigel reminds me of Sophia because when someone’s quiet, they might seem off in the distance, or not paying attention. But after Sophia lightened up to me, she seemed like a great person, just as the supergiant Rigel. Just to give you an idea how big Rigel is, it’s seventeen times bigger than the sun. She also reminds me of Bonnie Wurzbacher, former Senior vice-president of Coca-Cola. Most people wouldn’t have thought she was a Christian, but if you got to know her, she might have opened up to you, and told you about her faith.
In conclusion, Genesis 15:6 says, “And he believed in the LORD…” I believe that it means that you should believe in the Lord, because He is the Door through which flows everything. it also said, “And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.” I think that means look to God wherever, in the heavens, the earth, and He’ll show you His magnificent glory. The students have definitely proven to me what Daniel writes, “And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.”