Ever felt like you missed something? Seems to be a constant for me, and yesterday was one of those days.
Our little community of Hutchinson, Ks, has received some regional, if not national, news attention for a high speed chase that went right through the middle of our sleepy little rural metropolis.
Mutliple branches of law enforcement, with lights flashing and sirens blaring, screamed up and down the street I call my driveway.
The fugutive ditched the car in an alley and fled on foot, and started a foot race through private homes! Just like Jason Bourne, right?
It all ended up in a big cuff and stuff bust just down from my house that you could see pretty easily standing on the corner of my property… I would assume.
I can’t tell you for sure… because… well… to tell you the truth… I was napping.
The first truly exciting thing to happen in this town and I slept through it!
When I snorted myself awake and grabbed my phone I saw FaceBook posts from neighbors with strings of comments about the spectacle taking place just outside my door.
I found breaking news links from the local paper, and browsed through missed text messages from family and friends asking “What’s going on at your place?”
Oops. Missed that one.
How can you sleep through something like that? It’s amazing. It’s hard to believe. It’s just wrong.
Sleeping through important things is a warning in Scripture:
How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?
But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.
Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.
Whether its a warning against laziness, a preparation for the apocalypse, or a wake up call to salvation, God’s word is clear: Don’t sleep this life away.
Be aware of opportunities to be the hands and feet of Christ around you.
Be a watchman on the wall to change the world in Jesus name.
Be in the battle, and don’t let life slip by without being a part of the excitement, the drama, the passion, the calling, the mission, the ministry!
We sleep our lives away at jobs we hate, with hobbies that mean nothing and in front of screens that are modern day shrines to idols.
Wake up you sleeper! God has a plan and you’re in it. Get off the couch, abandon the pew… pick a shield, draw your sword and let’s do this!