Published January 23, 2018
This is not a drill …
"Ballistic missile inbound." Those three words would send a chill down anyone's spine. It's terrifying enough just seeing a winter storm or tornado warning scrolling across your cell phone screen. Imagine the panic that would ensue here in Kentucky. Admittedly, our state probably isn't high on anyone's list of strategic targets. Still, what would you do?
There were reports of people speeding home or to fallout shelters, getting out of cars and running for churches, crowding into hotel basements, crawling under tables in restaurants, being herded into military hangars, and huddling around televisions to watch the latest reports. Nearly 40 minutes passed after the terrifying alert was sent out before some heard an all-clear signal or were told it was a false alarm.
Tanya York, a Frankfort pastor's wife, did what any mother naturally would do. She told her children that she loved them, and that she knew where she was going to spend eternity. What a solace such a beautiful note would have been if the unimaginable had happened. Thankfully, her children can rejoice that she and their father, Hershael York, are now safe at home and able to chuckle about how their Hawaii vacation has become "big news," of sorts.
Don't wait to tell people how much you love them.
The BP story also tells about a Baptist Campus Ministry leader at the University of Hawaii who thought of his Japanese friend who had not received Christ. The BCM leader prayed, "Lord, don't let (him) die so he can still hear about Jesus." He wanted another opportunity. He wanted to be sure his friend was ready.
Don't wait to tell people how much God loves them.