The warnings of her co-workers and her boss tugged at the edges of her brain: "If you don't get on the ball you're going to get yourself fired." "If you come in late one more time, that's it. Your gone!"
And yet she continued slapping the button.
Without warning her alarm sounded again. But this time was different. This was not the usual alarm. This alarm was loud; very, very loud, and shrill. It grew in volume with each second.
She punched the snooze-button over and over again, but the alarm grew all-the-louder. And now voices joined the ear-splitting siren. "You need to listen! You need to pay attention! If you don't you'll lose everything. There will be no more warnings! And you'll only have yourself to blame."
She buried her head beneath her pillow, then grabbed the other pillow and shoved that on top of the first. What was happening? Why won't the stupid thing shut-up?
Even buried beneath two pillows the sound of the alarm was deafening. The words of warnings grew all-the-more intense. "THERE WILL BE NO MORE WARNINGS! WAKE-UP NOW OR LOSE EVERYTHING!"
Tears coursed down her cheeks. "Wake-up or lose everything!" The warning pummeled her brain. She had heard all the warnings before, but chose to ignore them. She was fine. Her job, secure. Nothing bad would happen. Right?
She shoved the pillows to the floor and bolted up in bed; the alarm continued to wail. Was she too late? Almost, but she still had time, barely.
She swatted the snooze-button. The room fell silent. She jumped from bed and ran through the shower; tossed on clothes; ran a brush through her hair; grabbed her keys and a bagel, and burst out the door.
Her boss looked up as she scurried to her desk. He had the dreaded book in his hands. "The Book of Death", as it had been dubbed by her co-workers. Her name was in the book with numerous check-marks; one more check and she was gone.
She instinctively glanced to the clock. She was on-time, barely. She held her breath and waited.
He glanced at the clock, smiled, and nodded his head. "Good job," he said, before closing the book and walking back to his office.
The woman in this tale knew she was on the wrong track, but she didn't care. No matter how many co-workers warned her, she wouldn't budge. Her boss's warnings also fell on deaf ears. She liked her life exactly like it was. She wore blinders when it came to the destructive path she had wandered onto.
Warning signs were all-around. And yet she buried her head, ignoring the alarms. She was fine. Nothing bad would happen. She could continue slapping the snooze-button and sail through life, unaffected by her choices.
Much like many of us.
The Bible is chock-full of prophecy concerning the times we are living in. Detailed signs and warnings. All there if we look.
2 Timothy 3:11 - This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God...
Matthew 24:7 - For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diverse places.
Luke 21:25 - And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars, and upon the earth; distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
Luke 21:36 - Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Revelation 3:3 - Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
Jesus also has a book: The Book of Life (also called The Lamb’s Book of Life) is a record containing the names of those who have overcome sin through accepting Jesus as Christ (having a spiritual rebirth).
I am so very thankful my name is written in this book. Is yours?
It's time we open our eyes, hearts, and minds to God's Word. Dig deep. Seek. Watch. Believe. Heed the signs. And Rejoice!