An unusual clamor drew my attention to our front yard. I yanked open the door and quickly closed it until my husband came. A six foot long black snake lay doubled along the wall of the porch, and the mockingbirds were sounding their warning. We watched the birds’ amazing display of courage—landing on the ground next to the snake, flaring their wings, squawking and flying up and down to get it to move away. The reptile slithered under a large square flower pot for refuge, but not for long. After identifying it as a non-aggressive rat snake, my husband took it to the field behind our house.
A few days earlier, a sudden warning alerted me to a serious medical issue. It began with pain on the left side of my head and then vomiting. When my speech started to make no sense, my husband called 911. The mini stroke left no brain damage but five doctors came to my room and would not let me leave the hospital until I had been subjected to many tests. After three nights, one in ICU, the cardiologist was still trying to figure out the reason for the clot. I live as healthy a lifestyle as possible, so maybe the heart monitor I’m wearing for a month or the pharmacological stress test will reveal something.
A road sign caught my eye today. It read: Obey warning signs. State law. Even if it they aren’t laws we should still heed them for our own safety and the safety of others.
You know other signs that warn of danger. How many do we give heed to?
The Bible has warnings. Then He said to them, O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! ( Luke 24:25) For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23) God warns us in His word of the coming judgment. He sent His son to save us from what we deserve by dying on the cross in our place so that we may have life eternal, but we must accept this gift of salvation.
Life is precarious and precious. I hope you realize that every second of breath is a gift. Thank the Lord and give Him yours. If you have not, this may be your only or last warning. God cares for you! Seek Him.
August 9, 2020 at 10:25 am
Excellent, Danyce. Well said.
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August 9, 2020 at 5:31 am
Just think of the constant warnings from Jesus as He preached and taught. His view of the consequences of sin was perfect, and His love for sinners was His driving force during those brief years of ministry. He could even call his closest disciples, “evil.” Sin has completely ruined us; we are dead to spiritual truth; and a new birth is necessary to bring us to spiritual life. Thanks for sharing this needed message, when we live in a world that portrays a syrupy Jesus who overlooks sin and judgment.
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August 9, 2020 at 6:12 am
I weep for those who have hardened their hearts to the Lord who loves them and is calling them to repentance. Now is the day of salvation. Thank you for sharing your heart.