Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Sodom and Gomorrah - Reality Show

Genesis 19:15-16 With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, "Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished." When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the LORD was merciful to them.

The slow music begins to play and the scene is of a child playing with his ball on the sidewalk. All of a sudden the ball escapes the childs hand and rolls into the street - the kid darts out after it. In slow-motion, we see a truck heading directly for the child - with no time to spare - a stranger whisks the kid up in the air, jumping out of the way of the oncoming vehicle - saving the child's life.

Was the child behaving poorly? Did he do something deserving of death? No, he just got caught up in the moment and became oblivious to the impending doom. Don't we do the same?

We are so busy with our every day lives, so caught up in the 'now', that we miss what's going on around us. The child that is desperately seeking our attention. The husband who's silence is a sign of something deeper. The pain in our chest that we'll get around to checking out later. God intervenes in our lives now - just like He intervened for Lot.

I'm sure Lot wasn't expecting to be taken from his home and drug out of his city. Lot was oblivious. The child in the path of a truck. Sometimes God will give us circumstances to bring us back to reality.

3 wonderful insights:

Kay Martin said...

Great insight. I imagine one of the big shocks in Heaven will be seeing how many times God spared our lives when we were running the path of things as dangerous as trucks and God sent angels to save us.

But sometimes He lets us get surprised so that we will wake up and smell the coffee. What a God we serve!!!

Greg C said...

Who told you about the silence thing? That is supposed to be a man secret.

That example reminded me of one of the closest calls my son ever had. He was in the front yard riding on this tricycle. I started to walk toward him and he began peddling toward the street. I began running and he peddled faster and faster so that there was no chance to catch him. I heard the car coming and could see in my mind what was about to happen. Just as he got to the edge of the road, he hit the brakes and stopped and the car went by doing about 60 mph. That was a little wake up call that God gave me. He said, Greg, be thankful for every second you live. I am.

Chatty Kelly said...

Wow - Greg's comment was amazing. Your blog just churned up all kinds of thoughts and emotions for all. I love it when God intercedes. Makes me wonder why sometimes he doesn't, however. Makes me wonder alot.