Emergency Broadcast Alerts…


Very interesting experience whenever a major storm is approaching our area.  As we watch television, our show is interrupted by an emergency alert signal warning of a severe thunderstorms coming to our area.

At first, I found them interesting since on the west side of Washington state this interruption never occurred.  Our television shows were only interrupted about once a month by these warnings and then it was just a test.

Last night, these warnings came on again and I tried to ignore them after I read that my area would be impacted by a huge dust storm along with a thunder storm.  The storm came as we saw flashes of light from lightening, flicking light and hear the roar of thunder along with the howling wind that even scared the cat, who was quite the cuddle bunny all night.  Then morning came and all seemed well with the world as the sun tried to peak through the remaining clouds.

The only significant impact to us from the storm was that my car will need a bath sooner than expected from the dust storm that left thick globs of mud and debris on the vehicle.  Oh, well, I am grateful that it was not worse as we hear of significant damage throughout the area.

As I prepared for bed, I reflected on these warning signals and how we so often dismiss or ignore them if they seem to be a nuisance.  After all, isn’t a television program more important than these signals?

As I reflected, I realize that we tend to ignore other warning signs, or checks in our stomach, as the Holy Spirit warns us of danger or falling to the temptation of sin.  After all, these warning signs may be an inconvenience to our human thinking; however, they may be guiding us and helping us navigate through life’s ups and downs.

The Newsboys has a great song about the “job” of the Holy Spirit and its warning system – some of the lyrics of the chorus go something like this:

It’s an early warning sign
It keeps my life in line
But it’s so hard  to define, never mind

Newsboys – Spirit Thing

Furthermore, not only do we need the Holy Spirit to warn us of danger, it also instructs us on how to live and helps us remember verses that will help us through life – during both the good and bad times.

After all, according to John 14:26 (New King James Version):  But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you…

Therefore, in conclusion, take heed when you are being warned of danger either through the Holy Spirit or even an emergency broadcast system.  Above all, remember that God is at your side even if you are in danger and He will be there to guide and comfort you.

What warning signs have you been getting through a check in your spirit or even through an emergency broadcast system?  Do you take heed or do you ignore the signs?  Are you in tune to the Holy Spirit so you know what He is trying to tell you?

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