“SOUND THE ALARM”!

sound the alarm!

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It didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me, but my wife and I navigated our way through the strong horizontal wires the grape vines had grown up in and around. The front walk is a crazy place to plant grapes, but it wasn’t my house. It just so happened I was barefooted and got the little toe on my left foot tangled in the last wire. That’s when I heard it…

I looked around to see where the noise was coming from. As I struggled to clear the wires out by the front of the garage, I turned to find the source of the hight pitched beeping. As I turned I found it, it was the alarm and I was awake…

It’s not a bad idea to sound the alarm like a warning, I guess that’s exactly what it is. Whether music or a beeping sound, the alarm clock is warning us, if we don’t heed the warning we’ll be late for our scheduled event or task.

The burglar alarm in a house is warning us someone’s opened a door or window. Probably wouldn’t be too effective to play classical music under those circumstances.

As I woke from the dream to start my day, I was thankful for that alarm. I was thinking how nice it would be if all things in life had a built in alarm… That would have saved me some pain, time, and money… It dawned on me as though waking from a sleep, we do have built in alarms, the most powerful kind; an internal alarm. All of us have one, we’ve just learned to snore through it.

Our society has changed right along with the invention of the “snooze” button on our alarm clocks. We’ve programmed our minds to think of our lives like we think  of our snooze button. We put ourselves in situations, sometimes physically, and sometimes spiritually, that cause our internal alarm to go off inside our minds and stomachs. Too often I think we then conveniently wander through the rows in our brain to find the ever present “snooze button,” located in the “Justification” section of our mind.

That section has become like the Starbucks of our mind, busy and overpriced…

I’ll admit when I was younger I used the “snooze button” a lot, in both the physical world of waking along with the spiritual world of shutting off the alarm God designed inside me to try and trick my mind into thinking actions with less than honorable intentions were “A” okay.

In fact, it might be okay if the built-in alarm isn’t placed there by God, but even the lost world, when completely honest, will admit to having a hard wired alarm inside.

With time comes wisdom in most cases. We begin to realize that it’s easy to fool the outside world in most cases, but only a fool, fools themselves. Ignoring the alarm or putting off the inevitable only brings more stress.

God’s calling us to ignore the allure of the “snooze button,” to rise and meet the day and everything in it with honesty and a joyful heart, which comes from His truth. I believe those are the ingredients that make up a sweet sleep…

Even if we do wake up with our toes tangled up in the sheets…