Have you ever had a dream that you can’t shake? I had this one a few nights ago…My sister had been invited to a get-together and asked me to go with her. Upon arrival at her friend’s home she went inside to join the party, leaving me alone without introducing me to anyone. But, I was perfectly content enjoying nature instead of among the noise and the crowd. I strolled around the outside of their cedar fence and into the alley where I found a cot under the shade of a tree. Serendipity! The perfect place to relax on a Spring day. I must have dozed off because I was suddenly awakened by the sound of voices nearby, and startled to see two men standing at the opposite edge of the fence welding something. They glared at me when they realized I’d noticed them, waved the lit torches in my directions and threatened to burn my eyes out.
Sensing an urgency to get inside, but unafraid, I walked away glancing their way as I rounded the corner. I realized then that they were trying to break the lock at the gate. Since no one inside could see the danger that lurked behind the fence, it was up to me to warn the owners. I asked my sister to point them out and hurried to tell the woman what was happening. She immediately dialed 911 but no one answered. One attempt after another failed. Her guests began to leave even though they knew the family’s safety was in jeopardy. They were all behaving as if nothing was happening. I spoke out above the noise of the crowd pleading them to stay and protect the family. But, no one listened or cared. My sister joined the exodus, forcing me to leave as well.
We arrived at her intended destination and she joined the scurrying crowd, but my thoughts were concerned about the safety of the people we’d left behind. I wanted to call them to see if the police had finally arrived, but didn’t have a phone. I noticed a woman on her cell, grabbed it from her and dialed their number with no luck. A sinking and desperate feeling came over me and started to cry. I saw my sister chatting with a man wearing a badge so I ran to tell him about the family in need of help. Then he got a call about a woman and three kids found murdered.
I walked away weeping. We could have saved them! My eyes turned upward as I talked to God, and something strange happened in the sky. It was as if someone had cut a door in the clouds and folded them opened. A man dressed in a long white gown glided out from behind the clouds and looked down, and suddenly shot out like a jet toward the earth. In watched in utter amazement, thinking…”Is he coming toward me?” As he got closer I realized that he was. Before I knew what had happened he was standing in front of me and shared his thoughts with me. I woke up crying.
My heart was filled with sadness for people whose eternal lives are in danger of perishing. There are people all around us who don’t know of the ever-present danger lurking in the shadows that is out to kill them. Some don’t know that their wrong behavior has cut them off from God and the reason why their prayers are not being answered. Some don’t know that there is only One right connection to God, and that they will be forever lost without it. The bible says we will be held responsible if we don’t warn them. Ezekiel 3:17-19 says: “…I’ve made you a watchman for the family of Israel. Whenever you hear me say something, warn them for me. If I say to the wicked,‘You are going to die,’and you don’t sound the alarm warning them that it’s a matter of life or death, they will die and it will be your fault. I’ll hold you responsible. But if you warn the wicked and they keep right on sinning anyway, they’ll most certainly die for their sin, but you won’t die. You’ll have saved your life.”
Tragically, too many of us have gotten a little too cozy on our cots and have fallen asleep at our posts. It’s time to wake up from our slumber, open our eyes wide and take notice of what is going on in the world around us. It’s time to listen carefully to the distant voices. We can’t go about our lives without being concerned about anything other than ourselves. Lives are at stake.
Let’s stay alert because the bible is unfolding before our eyes.“… be on your guard. Don’t let the sharp edge of your expectation get dulled by parties and drinking and shopping. Otherwise, that Day is going to take you by complete surprise, spring on you suddenly like a trap, for it’s going to come on everyone, everywhere, at once. So, whatever you do, don’t go to sleep at the switch. Pray constantly that you will have the strength and wits to make it through everything that’s coming and end up on your feet before the Son of Man.”(Luke 21:34-36)
‘Watchmen on the Wall’. That is what we are called to be.