FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
Once again a message came to me from the Lord: “Son of man, give your people this message: ‘When I bring an army against a country, the people of that land choose one from their own to be a watchman. When the watchman sees the enemy coming, he sounds the alarm to warn the people. Then if those who hear the alarm refuse to take action, it is their own fault if they die. They heard the alarm but ignored it, so the responsibility is theirs. If they had listened to the warning, they could have saved their lives…. “Son of man, give the people of Israel this message: You are saying, ‘Our sins are heavy upon us; we are wasting away! How can we survive?” As surely as I live, says the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of wicked people. I only want them to turn from their wicked ways so they can live. Turn! Turn from your wickedness, O people of Israel! Why should you die? Ezekiel 33 NLT
On Monday, December 5th Karina (6) had an appointment in Bismarck, which had been rescheduled twice due to weather conditions. As I picked her up, the school receptionist warned me that she had just spoken to a motorist trying to get out of Bismarck that said they had encountered whiteout conditions. I tucked the warning in my pocket and said we will give it a try and see what it is like. I guess we men have to see for ourselves and off we went.
Highway 49 south was just fine and I-94 eastbound was just fine also. So far! My second warning came by way of the snowy condition of the vehicles westbound. By the time I got 4-6 miles east of New Salem I was wishing I would have exited and headed back home. One more missed exit ramp, the next exit ramp covered in fairly deep snow, maneuver around stuck semi, down the westbound entrance ramp, a snowplow out in frontJ, a semi between us and the snowplow driving in almost whiteout conditions at 2:30 in the afternoon. I knew full well that I should have heeded the warning. Someone warned me, I ignored it, and the responsibility was all mine. I told Karina, “Daddy made a terrible decision.”
The warning God gives in this Scripture passage is, “Turn! Turn from your wickedness.” God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked but that they turn (repent) and live rather than needlessly die. To ignore God’s warning to turn from sin, which is given to each and every one of us, is a terrible decision and the responsibility is yours and yours alone. That snow plow (possibly the last one of the day as I-94 was soon closed) was my “means of grace” to keep the road clear of the heavy snow and drifting just long enough for us to turn around and make it home safe. Perhaps as you read this article God is sending one more “snow plow” of His means of grace to you. God’s main “snow plow” is His WORD which the Holy Spirit uses to help you see how much God loves you, wants you to turn around, follow Jesus and make it home SAFE.