Tsunami! Sound the Alarm!

It was so real, it was as though I was actually there.

Dreams can be that way sometimes.

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The early morning sun lit up the entire eastern sky and streamed into my hotel window which looked out over the vast, immeasurable ocean. It was going to be a beautiful day!

I looked out the window expecting to see the ocean stretching out in all its beauty from one side of the horizon to the other. But a normal view of the ocean was not what met my eyes.

Instead, the water had receded so far that the shoreline plunged at a 45 degree angle, and at the bottom of that slope was a sudden rise that looked like a short plateau. I was totally not expecting to see that.

When the wave came back, the water had to have been up to the base of our hotel, though I could not be sure of that from my vantage point.

On the beach I could see a Caucasian family, sleeping in the morning sun. The mom and dad woke up when the first wave almost reached them. They looked dazed and puzzled.

Their two children did not get washed away in that wave, but they did get covered with sand.

I was very concerned for the people on the beach but felt no fearful tug for myself or anyone in the hotel. I wanted to yell to the parents to hurry and get their children to safety before the next wave, but I was in the hotel, in a corner room, two or three stories up.  There was a wall between myself and them on the southern side, and I didn’t know if the window on the east was even the type that could open.

Then I woke up.

The dream was so real that I got on the internet that very day to see if there had been a tsunami anywhere in the world. Which I couldn’t find anything. I even checked info on Antarctica and melting glaciers. I couldn’t find anything recent on either.

So, I decided to use the dream as an allegorical picture, a parable, as it were.

In our busy western culture, we often go about our days aware of only what our eyes can see and our senses can perceive.  For many, eternity and judgment are far from their thoughts.  They are unaware of the gospel, of God’s Presence, and of their lost condition.  They are in a place of danger and need to be warned.

When the parents are oblivious of their own lostness, they also put their children in spiritual danger.  They all need someone to break down the walls that separate the saved from the unsaved.

We, who are saved already, are safe from eternal judgment, but we are not supposed to keep the message to ourselves.  We are commanded to go out and share it with others.

We may not be able to break through walls that have been put up by those who refuse to listen, but we can, with God’s help, break through walls that we, ourselves, have put up.

  • Walls of fear,
  • Insecurity,
  • Prejudice,
  • Apathy,
  • Preoccupation with our own busyness,
  • Selfishness,
  • Pride,
  • Inclination to turn our eyes away from the needs of others,
  • And maybe you can think of others.

We have built these walls ourselves, brick by brick, and we need to implore the Lord to help us bring them down, so that we can reach a lost and dying world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We need to get out of our comfort zones.  It’s not about us; it’s about HIM.

We must tell them how Christ took their judgment on Himself, so that they, too, can find salvation through Him.

“He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities, and the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” Is. 53:5

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21 thoughts on “Tsunami! Sound the Alarm!

  1. I really like this post! What a great parallel. I can identify with every single one of those things in your list, and I can think of a few more, including guilt and laziness and lack of faith in God. Thank you for this encouragement to get out there and obey God! 🙂

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  2. “…brick by brick…” Yes, many walls and much that I have built over this lifetime. To implore God to tear them down is the only way that they truly come down and I have some asking to do, some imploring…not some trying to do this myself. Thank you, thank you.

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    1. Yes, Linda, may the Lord forgive us for what amounts to our uncaring spirit toward those who are lost and help us be on fire for Him once again.
      I was just listening to Adrian Rogers program this morning, and he said, “You are filled with the Spirit to make weaklings into witnesses. On the Day of Pentecost, 120 led 3000 to Christ. Today, 3000 can’t even lead 120 to Christ.” (You can listen to the Nov. 10 podcast at: http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/love-worth-finding/ )
      And it’s not because God’s power has diminished, nor because the availability of His power has diminished. It is we who do not avail ourselves of His power.

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  3. Ruth, I stopped by via the #GraceandTruth Linkup and Wow! What a dream the Lord gave you. So powerful. Thanks for sharing that great admonition to “sound the alert” and tell others about Christ. Have a blessed weekend.
    ~Sherry

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  4. I was just talking with a coworker today about tsunamis. He was telling me how God had moved them out of the area they were ministering in and they didn’t understand why. They loved the work they were doing there. Then a tsunami came through and destroyed the area they had been living in, with thousands losing their lives. God had removed them from danger. May we all listen to the warnings that God gives us in order to escape the tsunamis in our lives. I pray the walls in my life start coming down. Visiting from #DanceWithJesus Linkup

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  5. Walls of fear – I think is one of the biggest hindrances we face when telling others about Jesus. Not knowing how others are going to react is scary these days. My husband and I were just talking about a video we saw this week of people turning aside from someone who was being beaten in a parking lot. People don’t see the need to get involved and many are scared. While leaving the grocery store parking lot today we watched a woman acting irate towards a man in the parking lot this afternoon. People standing around watching and videoing but doing nothing to help him and the girls with them. I pray the Lord will give us the courage and strength to take a stand for others when they are in need. Their soul is in need of a Saviour and we need that courage to speak up. Thank you for sharing this encouragement with me and Thankful Thursdays.

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  6. That’s sad, Lori, that these things have happened. We can only change ourselves, not others. But it is still upsetting to see such things. We know that even when we feel helpless to do anything, we can cross the bridge over that chasm of fear to the throne of God and “obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Heb. 4:16
    We are weak, but we have a strong Savior, a strong Hero who can do great and mighty things that we can’t even imagine, if we will but surrender all to Him. We need to walk so close to Him that we will know what He is calling us to do at any given moment. If He calls us to do it, He will make us adequate at the right time, and He is BIG enough and strong enough to protect us from the evil one.

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  7. The imagery here is powerful. The loving thing to do when we see impending danger coming towards someone is to warn them! The urgency is real, like a Tsunami, and those of us who have already found salvation through Christ, need to remember that there are real lives in eternal danger and we can do something about it. Your practical suggestions on how to break through the walls that we put up, the ones that stop us from warning others, are great.
    Thank you for linking with Grace and Truth last week. I would love to feature this post tomorrow.

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  8. Great reminder! A tsunami is a fraction of destruction that eternal damnation will be. Puts it in perspective doesn’t it? When a tsunami hits, rebuilding can happen, but once we hit Judgment Day, we’ve lost our chance. Strengthens our resolves to fight a little harder, pray a little greater and do all we can to spread the Saving News.
    It’s not about us.
    #Grace&Truth
    Julie

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    1. Good points, Julie! Kind of scary to think of for those we love who still do not believe. We cannot make them believe, but we can certainly accelerate our prayers for them and reach out to them in love and speak and live the gospel message as much as possible, with renewed fervor.

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  9. Ruth,
    Wow! I can just imagine the panic you felt as you awoke from that dream. I’ve had those dreams that seem so real and it’s startling! I am praying alongside you for each of us to rise up, live boldly for Christ, and break down those walls! Thank you for joining me at #MomentsofHope to share your words of hope!
    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

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  10. Thanks, Lori! I wouldn’t call it panic, exactly, but rather a heightened compulsion to see if there was some reason I had such a strange dream. When God’s Spirit whispered in my heart about the walls, I was grieved and knew that was the reason for me personally, although I think God could easily have multiple purposes in mind which could be revealed over time.

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  11. What a powerful blog post, Ruth! You’ve shared something so profound, and so close to my own heart. I believe that everyone has a story, given by God, to share. These stories have the power to break down walls – our own hardened walls of the heart & the hard hearts of others. The gospel is alive, so we cannot stop sharing and living boldly and breaking down walls while we still have breath. Thanks for sharing your dream.

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    1. Yes, Alison, our story is the testimony of how the gospel has changed our lives. Revelation 12:11 says, “And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony…” And, Romans 1:16 says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…” There is power in the gospel and power to overcome in the word of our testimony, and how it changed us and can change others.

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