Warnings by Patty LaRoche

Patty LaRoche

Jenn,” I spoke with urgency to my daughter-in-law, “there’s a terrible storm headed our way. It will be here in the next 30 minutes. Large hail is expected, so people and animals are to find protection.”

It was evening, and Dave and I had returned from Jenn’s house and were watching television when the alarm trailed across the bottom of our screen. There were no phone notifications and no rain in the area, but Bourbon and Vernon County clearly were listed as areas of potential damage. I hustled outside to anchor our deck furniture.

Soon, Jenn called me back, questioning why her television gave no warning. “I don’t know, but I’m reading it right now,” I said. Without delay, I made plans to go to the basement to safety, reminding Dave to grab shoes with solid soles in case a tornado lifted our house from its footings and we had to walk through glass and debris. Dave, also without delay, made no attempt to leave his easy chair where he was watching football replays.

Clearly, my southern California-raised husband had no respect for the death sentence a storm warning could be. One more look at the television caused concern. “Dave, it says this warning is good until 7:00 P.M. But it’s 9:15. How can that be?”

By now, you’ve probably figured out what I had not. Dave and I were watching a DVR of a football game we had taped from a week before. It was an embarrassing retraction to explain my goof to my daughter-in-law who, of course, found it hysterical.

Let’s face it. In this age, warning systems are common. We in the Midwest are not unaware of tornado sirens. Waterfront countries have Tsunami Warning Systems. Amber Alerts and Silver Alerts awaken us in the middle of the night. Irons caution that they are hot, and plastic bags inform that they can suffocate. Never have there been as many warning signs as today.

Starting with the Old Testament, warnings have been common. Prophets such as Ezekiel, Isaiah and Daniel provided writings calling the Israelites to repentance. Noah begged his neighbors to board the ark. Moses gave the Israelites a kajillion warnings to stay true to the one, true God. Jesus admonished his followers against sin and evil by saying, “Watch out! Be on guard.” (Luke 12:15).  John 8:24 cautions everyone: “If you do not believe (Jesus is the Savior), you will die in your sins.”

More recently, Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, wrote of a danger to our times: “On another level, a tsunami of sin is rising in our world. Old convictions and standards are being swept away right before our very eyes. Behavior that was once considered immoral is now openly flaunted and widely accepted. The winds of change are blowing all around us, and alarming things lie just over the horizon…It is time for us to take our stand, face what is approaching and open our mouths to sound the warning.”

Unlike my false DVR warning, some need to be taken seriously.

Jesus is coming back. Either we are ready or not, and this, dear readers, will be no respecter of the time or day.


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