Warning Signs Protect You from Harm
When I was 18 years old, I was at Huntington Beach and didn’t notice the warning flags
near the beach; the flags were red, which indicated strong waves and rip tides. I
happily ran into the ocean until I was in up to my waist. With my back to the waves, a
huge barrel hit me so hard forcing me underwater that I was tossed around like a rag
doll. I remember being slammed into the coarse sand face first, rolling all around under
water carried by the strong current, and struggling to catch my breath. Then all of a
sudden, I was in 6” of water, and was able stand up safely. I know now that God had
His eye on me.
Have you ever missed a speed limit sign or maybe a road hazard sign? Yes, me too!
Did you ever disobey the warnings of your parents or the Word of God? I certainly have,
and it cost me dearly. In fact, we’ve all blown it. Let me encourage you to seek
forgiveness from God. He loves you and wants you to be free from it all, and start
On our life’s journey, we need to be encouraged by:
1. Surrounding yourself with pastors, coaches, mentors and even counselors.
The Word says, “Without good direction, people lose their way; the more wise
counsel you follow, the better your chances” (Proverbs 11:14, MSG)
2. Dive into the Word daily. “For the word of God is living and powerful, and
sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and
spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of
the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12, NKJV)
3. Go back to school or Sunday school. “Study and do your best to present
yourself to God approved, a workman [tested by trial] who has no reason to be
ashamed, accurately handling and skillfully teaching the word of truth.” (2
Timothy 2:15, AMP)
This virus has tested the depth of our spiritual fiber. We must remember that God is for
Please remember the warning signs are a gift designed to “protect you from harm”, NOT
to cause you harm.
You are a miracle.
Hi Pastor Carrie. This is the first time I have made note of the Blogs. I worked through them until I came to yours. So glad that God rescued you from yourself at any early age. We miss you and hope that your retirement is proving a blessing. The years I spent in Choir and Chorale with you and the others will always remain as so memorable. Thank you for your encouragement and leadership. I will never forget you and hope, once this pandemic is conquered, to see you and the others again. Love - Peter