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?

The Shepherd’s Hand Brings More than Comfort…

So why do we want to leave the lush green land of the great Northwest and head to the dry and deserted land?

First, I think of the passage in Psalms 63:1 (MSG) that reads “God—you’re my God! I can’t get enough of you! I’ve worked up such hunger and thirst for God, traveling across dry and weary deserts. I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.”

Next, I think of Psalms 23 (NIV):

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

Last year, I discovered some interesting things about Psalms 23 during  a class assignment, which is known to bring comfort during trials.

  1. We have a Shepherd who wants us to take care of His people just as they have a Shepherd taking care of them
  2. We have a Shepherd who will bring comfort, security and hope through the provision of basic needs
  3. This Shepherd wants us to take the time to rest and prepare for the battles that come our way
  4. This Shepherd wants people to show mercy and goodness to others just as He shows the same generosity to people
  5. Finally, this Shepherd wants us to worship Him; however, God is at home rather He is here on earth or in Heaven and He is preparing a place for people in Heaven

Finally, this passage shows that a Shepherd will care for His flock while He expects those in leadership and His followers to care for those who are less fortunate.  This same Shepherd provided His only son as the sacrificial lamb to provide for the lost.  He did this became He delights in providing comfort, basic needs, protection and salvation to His flock as they worship and sing praises to Him.

Therefore, in conclusion, my husband and I desire to meet the needs of the people in Nevada and show them there is a Shepherd who will give them rest, cool water, and provide for their needs. We do not know how we will do this and at times we may struggle; however, we know the Shepherd will provide as we put our trust in Him and know with faith, He is at our side through this journey.

What are your needs at this moment? Do you need comfort as you face your own trials?