Thankfully, tornados don’t touch down on Tuesdays. That’s what I grew up thinking at least.
Let me explain. For as long as I can remember the first Tuesday of every month was the day that our local tornado sirens were tested. Like clockwork, the sirens went off in the morning of each month’s first Tuesday. If you are from the Midwest, chances are that you too have a tornado siren testing day.
The practice makes perfect sense. We need to be warned if there ever is an approaching tornado, and a siren is no good if it doesn’t function. Therefore, regular testing to ensure the functionality of the siren is a wise and appropriate practice.
As a kid, I remember asking my dad, “what if a tornado comes on the first Tuesday of the month?”
My dad replied without missing a beat, “that’s easy. We just don’t schedule tornados on Tuesdays.”
Regrettably, I admit that I was satisfied with his answer for way too many years. Come to find out, tornados aren’t something that you can schedule at all!
Fast forward a bunch of years to today. It’s the first Tuesday of the month, as you well know. And I was walking outside when I received a phone call. I answered and was in the midst of a good conversation when the person on the other end of the line interrupted me.
“What is that noise?” They asked.
“Umm…what noise.” Was my response.
It took me a full 10 seconds to realize they were asking about the blaring tornado siren.
I had gone deaf to the warning I had heard all my life.
It’s actually a fairly terrifying thought if I’m honest. Warnings are there for us to keep us from harm and if we go deaf or blind to them what is to keep us from the coming danger? Now, I would like to give myself a bit more credit and assume that if there really was a tornado threat coming my way I wouldn’t need a siren to tell me to get to shelter. But the point is still valid.
We need to pay attention to the warning sirens in our life so that we don’t ignore them when we need them most.
The Bible gives us plenty of warnings.
- about being careful how we talk. (James 1:19)
- about not worrying or being anxious. (Matthew 6:25-34)
- about avoiding unhealthy sexual temptations (Proverbs 5)
- about the need to repent i.e. turn away from our sins. (Acts 3:19)
- about not getting distracted by present suffering. (Romans 8:18)
- about the need for humility. (Philippians 2:3)
- about false “gospels” that creep into our thinking. (Galatians 1:6-10)
And many, many more.
The only problem? Many of us have heard these warnings before. We probably have heard the blaring sirens of these warning from our parents, Sunday School teachers, Pastors, friends, awesome online blogs, etc. But maybe we have heard them so often that we have, eventually, become deaf to them. I hope not. I pray not. But it is possible.
So, what do we do? We become even more familiar with the warning. Or better yet, we become even more familiar with the source of the warnings.
Read your Bible.
We need to be careful not to treat the Bible, or the awesome instruction and warnings in it, as background noise. God’s Word is living and active, (Hebrews 4:12) and its message needs to be loud, clear, and primary in our lives.
God’s warnings are there for our well-being, let’s pay attention.