My friend and I sat by the window at a local restaurant. Between bites, we caught up after months of not seeing each other.
Then, with no warning, the fire alarm went off. We stopped for a second, then went right back to our chatting.
We smelled something burning, made a comment, then right back to our talking.
Firemen showed up. No one asked us to leave, so we resumed our chatting.
That must be how God feels when He tries to get our attention. When He sounds the alarm to change. He sends the warning we need to take a different course, a different way of thinking, different attitude and approach.
But like my friend and I, we keep sitting at the table of life, busy dashing from task to task. And while the fire truck of His love arrives to rescue us, we disregard it.
When he sets off the alarm to signal we must exit a life of defeat and gloom, we don’t’ budge.
We choose to stay in the comfortable place as always, committed to listen to our feelings and emotions rather than to His calling.
Time to change before the flames of despair begin to burn. His promise is too sweet to ignore: “For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him” (2 Chronicles 16:9).
Father, as you observe all of us on earth, I want to be among the ones who are truly committed to you, attentive to your call, obeying your warnings and receiving the strength you offer. In Jesus’ name, amen.
• What keeps you focused on the same ole, same ole?
• What will bring you to the place where His word leads your days?
• How does His call to follow Him affect you?