Hawaii residents were thrown into a state of panic on Saturday morning, (January 13th) after receiving warnings to take immediate shelter from the threat of a Ballistic missile.
The message said this:
Emergency Alert. Ballistic Missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.
Can you imagine the shock and fear that flooded the state of Hawaii? Just ponder on this for a moment and imagine parents frantically locating their children, in a bid to keep them safe and thousands of people on the telephone, saying their ‘I love you’s’.
For 38 minutes, Hawaiian residents and holiday makers, prepared for an incoming ballistic missile that could potentially wipe out a whole state.
Fortunately, this turned out to be a false alarm and it was confirmed that Hawaii was not in any kind of immediate danger. I imagine that the relief on hearing this news, must have been completely overwhelming for Hawaiian residents.
Life is not a drill
This recent news story really got me thinking about how life can so often, be taken for granted.
There is a well known phrase, “Live every day like it’s your last.” I wonder, how often do we actually do this?
Now, I’m not talking about doing crazy stunts like jumping out of a plane or climbing a mountain but to actually embrace every moment of every hour by making the most out of every opportunity that life brings.
When the people of Hawaii received the warning, they immediately called their loved ones and sent text messages to say how much they loved them. They reacted quickly because their lives were threatened. Suddenly, there was a matter of importance and urgency to share their love.
Don’t wait until you’re met with an imperative, life or death situation, before you take immediate action and tell or show someone that you love them.
There maybe someone on your heart now, that you’ve been meaning to text or call. Do it now. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
The Real Emergency
It’s no surprise that the residents of Hawaii became panic stricken when they heard the news that their lives were in danger.
The real emergency here though is that there are so many people that are yet to encounter the love of Jesus and be filled with the hope of eternal life. No wonder there is so much fear when there are so many people who have no faith.
As Christians we have an assurance that whatever happens, God will never leave us or forsake us. We know the truth, that Jesus is the only way to eternal life and no one can be saved except through Him.
How can we share the love of Jesus with someone today? This is not a drill, you only get one life. Go and live it.
Blessings to you all,
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