Warning Signs

Not long ago my hair dryer made me nervous each time I used it. I stood in front of my bathroom mirror, hair wet and as straight as a string, and panicked a little each time after flipping its switch on. The faint burning smell it emitted could not be a good thing.

Thank goodness for the warning sign. This particular hair dryer had served me long and well and was now even giving me a heads up that it might be nearing its last blow dry session. What a trusty friend, huh?

Somehow, though, I’d forget the warning and go on my merry way, not thinking about it until the next time my head was wet. After a few nerve-wracking episodes of blow dryer roulette—also known as praying for it to dry my hair before it shut down permanently—I decided to take precautions and buy a new hair dryer before disaster struck. In other words, I finally paid attention to the warning signs.

Since a hair dryer disaster is a trivial matter (if it happens to someone else!), let’s consider other more serious warning signs we might be overlooking or forgetting as we hurry on to the next item on our agendas. What do we see happening in our lives that warrants our proactive and precautionary attention?

Maybe our bodies are trying to tell us something. Is it time to see the doctor? Do we need to make more time for sleep at night? Or maybe we see signs of trouble with our families. Are our kids acting out or withdrawing? Do our spouses seem more distant? And what about finances? Are we juggling payments or hiding purchases and credit card statements from our significant others? For each of us the warning-sign scenarios may be different, but if we are wise, we’ll pay attention.

And what about warning signs that something may be amiss in our spiritual lives? Do we find ourselves skipping church on more Sundays than we attend? Do we tell ourselves we won’t be as busy next month? Maybe we feel like God is far away. Have we been neglecting time in His Word or in talking with Him? Or perhaps the joy has disappeared from our relationship with the Lord. Have we slipped into following a set of rules rather than loving a Person?

Let’s be thankful for warning signs
that alert us to possible problems—and then let’s be proactive. Let’s take precautions, if possible, before we encounter major malfunctions. We’ll all rest easier then.

“Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.” Proverbs 4:6

*Have any warning signs come to your attention lately?

*Flickr photo by Henrique Vicente


  1. You are so right about obeying warning signs…they are there if we are looking. :) Have a great week, Cheryl!

  2. Tee hee, reminds me of the time I was commuting to work and heard a funny noise. I turned up the stereo. The louder the noise, the higher the volume went on the tunes. When I got to my freeway exit, I pulled into the service station, hopped out to have a word with my mechanic, and saw that one of my tires was fuhhhh-lattttt.

    Warnings only work when we pay attention!

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