Today’s Word: ‘Alarm’ as in… God is near, as near as your next alarm.
Set an alarm for three minutes from now. Lay down, close your eyes, rest and wait for the alarm to go off. While you’re resting and waiting, think about what alarms remind you to do: wake up, start something, finish something, be somewhere, go home, say thank you.
Alarms remind us to do important things. When was the last time your alarm went off? What did you do? Did you shut off the alarm and go back to sleep? Did you do what the alarm reminded you to do?
Let’s read Luke 17:11-19.
As Jesus went toward Jerusalem, he crossed the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers met him. Keeping their distance they called out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” Looking at them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” They went, and on their way, became clean. One of them, realizing that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God. He kneeled at Jesus’ feet, so grateful. He couldn’t thank him enough—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus said, “Were not ten healed? Where are the nine? Can none be found to come back and give glory to God except this outsider?” Then he said to him, “Get up. On your way. Your faith has healed and saved you.”
Maybe reading this story is like an alarm: It’s time to thank someone! Do you need to thank someone? What was the greatest gift you’ve ever received? What are you thankful for today?
Before the alarm goes off, make a list in your mind of 10 things that you are thankful for and thank those people for their gift! God has given you the great gift of life today!
How could you call God today? How would you say thank you? What would you say thank you to God for today?
Now turn your alarm off, close your eyes and spend some time with God and share how thankful you are!
(adapted from my writing in “God Is Near: 30 Extraordinary Encounters.” ©2001, Group Publishing, Inc., Loveland, Colorado)