Every Saturday when we have our Good Book Prayer Brunch, we walk out to our cars just as the noon alarm test is going off right over our heads! It’s so loud and it goes off for 3 straight minutes! However, instead of jumping in our cars and leaving, we have to wait it out so we can finish talking. Hey, we’re women!
If you have no idea what sirens I’m talking about….click here for a sample. (But turn your speakers all the way up plus maybe some added amplifiers to get the full effect!!)
Anyway! This Saturday as my mom and were are holding our ears, irritated and annoyed at this awful sound, I was reminded about the purpose of those sirens. I thought about how grateful we are, especially living in Oklahoma, to have them go off during tornado season. So why am I so aggravated with something that has the ability to save my life? Because that day, the skies were clear, and the sun was shining. It wasn’t something I needed to hear right then.
This reminded me of how annoyed people can get when you try to share God’s word with them. All they are hearing is an annoying sound in their ear because they don’t feel like it’s relevant for them at this time. Life is good, skies are clear. However, they are the same people that are asking for prayer when the storms hit.
We should depend on and be grateful for those test sirens going off every Saturday and every Wednesday at noon…because they are of such great importance. They help SAVE lives.
Even more so, we should depend on and be grateful for those people sharing the love of Christ with us every Sunday and every Wednesday (and hopefully every day of the week)…because they are sharing something of great importance that helps SAVE lives.
Are you annoyed by the warning sirens? Are you grateful for the warning sirens or are YOU a warning siren?
Jesus IS coming, that’s a fact. We don’t know when, so we have to be ready and we need to be a warning siren for our friends and family. Are you willing to be annoying if it will help save a life?
“So you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming. Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would keep watch and not permit his house to be broken into. You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.” – Matthew 24:42-44