November Fourth; For the Warnings, I am Thankful

At some point during the night, I was awakened by a voice from my phone telling of a freeze warning. My sleep fogged brain’s thoughts were actually, not much. I amazingly drifted back off to sleep. Hours or minutes later, as I have no idea when the voice so rudely awakened me, I heard something being said on the radio behind me about the freeze warning. Almost a  year ago now I returned to having a radio on the headboard behind me playing at a barely audible level. I drifted in and out of sleep until Molly began barking to let me know of her need to go outside. Warnings and alerts.

I remember back when I was working they came up with an emergency protocol. The company designated a wall within the building for stationing should weather situations warrant. The funny and frustrating thing was making sure the area remained clear as in manufacturing (or at least in this company) empty areas quickly became staging areas. Finally though most of the wall remained free of materials. Then, one day every wireless phone in the building went off, there was a tornado warning.

Machines were immediately shut down, even the ones that were then going to be a nightmare starting back, and everyone was moved to the wall. The designated personnel grabbed the clipboard and did a roll call to make sure all were present and accounted for. Then, we waited. At that time, there were more employees than would be able to actually stand or sit against the wall, so they stood close and hoped for the best. Which we received. Thirty minutes or so later the warning was lifted and we returned to work.

In September of 1989 we had watched weather reports for days about a hurricane. Then the weather prognosticators warned us, so far inland, that we would have some high winds. I went about battening down the hatches and all that, but still wasn’t prepared enough when the hurricane barreled through the area. We had been warned it would be bad, just not how bad…because they didn’t know it was going to make that move.

Then there was the Y2K thing:

Many times we are warned about certain foods having problems. They may be contaminated in various manners: We are given instructions on how to safely handle, store and prepare food. Products carry the warnings of ingredients for those who have allergies. When problems arise or mistakes are made, warnings go out to try and protect those who would be harmed by the  error.

Television programs of various types often have to issue the warning, ‘don’t try this at home’.

The world around us is filled with so many types of warnings. Nature itself gives them to us. A rattlesnake using the rattles on its tail to warn those coming too close. Wild animals who stomp and paw at the ground, who may lower their head in preparation for charging. The ocean that will retreat before a tsunami.The distant thunder before a storm, just a few among the many. Warnings that would and should alert us to danger so that we can take actions to protect what and who needs protecting.

The Bible is filled with warnings. Alerts and signs are all through the pages. The message clear for those who seek to know and understand what is important. Even as a Christian, I understand that some things are hidden, that we may never in this lifetime understand why or what, or how come some things happened. I also know that when something we do not understand happens, God does not hold it against us when we fall apart, ask for answers, or even become angry. Emotions are as much a part of our makeup as anything else.

The important thing is that we hear the call and respond. That a time is approaching for Christ’s return and we need be ready. It may happen today, tomorrow, a thousand years from now, but its coming. And so is He. With that truth, we are told to be ready.  To seek Christ, His forgiveness, His love, His peace.

I know, that there are many who subvert the message, who twist and adjust and make the Word what it isn’t so as to fit their agenda. It is nothing new, nothing different, just a different individual and moment in time. It is up to the seeker, to find the truth, to find what is real among the counterfeit.

We are warned and instructed about the end of the age:

Just like with any warning, it is up to us as individuals to pay attention and to act upon that information. If we have allergies we know that it is not safe for us to consume that product for example. There are many arguments against Christianity and its beliefs. It is easier to question and deny than to actively seek answers. Faith is difficult when one does not see. You see the ground under your feet so you believe it solid and real. You do not see Jesus the Christ in physical form so you have difficulty believing. Though, if you look around you, evidence is prominent. So is His love, so is His warning. For that, I am ever thankful.

About rebecca s revels

A writer, a photographer, a cancer survivor. An adventurer of the mild kind, a lover of the simple pleasures such as long walks and chocolate. A Christian unashamed of my faith and a friend who is dependable and will encourage readily. Author of three self published books with more waiting to find their way to paper. An advocate of good things, a fighter against wrongs.
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8 Responses to November Fourth; For the Warnings, I am Thankful

  1. John says:

    I heard a tornado in the distance in 1968, I was 8 years young. A scary sound I’ve never forgotten!

    • When Hugo came through here the winds were horrible. At one point the sounds had ramped up to this incredible sound. We all believe that a tornado came through, especially the way the trees were torn up. I don’t know if it was ever verified, I just know I never want to hear anything such as that again.

  2. elvira797mx says:

    Rebecca, thank’s for share, deep, spiritual, interesting, thought-provoking… I like your publish.
    Beautiful photo, being grateful is important.
    Take care.

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