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Warning Signs

By Fran Caffey Sandin

“Therefore, be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming”
                                                         (Matthew 24: 42 NASB).

My husband, Jim, and I were returning to our dock at Lake Tawakoni after a delightful summer evening on our 20-foot Boston Whaler sailboat. Normally, few boats were on the lake at night, and with hoisted sails and running lights we felt safe. But not that night. A large motorboat shot out of the cove speeding toward us. We expected him to veer to the right or left, but it seemed we were his target. With a light breeze and no motor, we could not escape; but captain Jim wisely maneuvered our bow directly toward the oncoming vessel so he would not hit us broadside.

“Jim!  I think he is going to hit us!” With my heart beating wildly, I held on tight and braced myself. Recalling our safety training at the Offshore Sailing School, I shined a spotlight on white sails, hoping the driver would see it and change course; but the high-speed boat kept coming with an upturned bow. Surely, he saw the light. No! At the last second, we heard screams, but it was too late. The loud metal on metal crash sent me reeling into the cabin entrance. I landed on the floor, bruised, shocked, and dazed. Jim, steady at the tiller, was shaken but not broken. Our sturdy ship withheld the smash amazingly—only the bow pulpit, towing eye, and running lights were damaged.  Guardian angels protected us.

The young man driving his boat slowly circled and yelled, “Are y’all hurt? Is everybody okay?”

Jim responded simply, “We survived.”

We later learned the six youth on board, three guys and three gals, had been drinking alcohol. Their boat’s speedometer froze at 23 mph, the boat sustained a large hole in the hull, and they motored to the shore before it sank. The shining light on the sails was their warning, but they ignored it. They were not paying attention. No one was looking ahead.

That incident reminds me of Biblical warnings to watch for now and in the future. Are we paying attention? Are we serious about God’s message? Are we living each day to please Him?  When God’s principles are compromised, worldly deception becomes normalized. The Bible says to be alert because we do not know which day the Lord is coming. False prophets will arise and try to mislead people. That’s why we must be vigilant and seek God’s light for our way every day.

Dear Heavenly Father, it is easy to get caught up in worldly ways. Please remind us to study your Word and to keep our eyes fixed on Christ, our Lord and Savior. Let us not embrace the culture and “political correctness” of our day but rather place our faith in Jesus, our source of Truth. In Jesus’ name, A-men.