1 Corinthians 10:11 These are all warning markers—danger!—in our history books, written down so that we don’t repeat their mistakes. Our positions in the story are parallel—they at the beginning, we at the end—and we are just as capable of messing it up as they were. Don’t be so naive and self-confident. You’re not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence.
Definition of Red Flag from The American Heritage Dictionary:
1. A warning signal.
2. Something that demands attention or provokes an irritated reaction.
I have been to the beach numerous times since early childhood. Among the many times I have been to the gulf I have enjoyed seafood, sand, and sun. The beach is my “safe place” where I like to disappear just to get away from it all. I love to take walks morning, noon, and night. I love the water and the waves and children laughing and the sounds of seagulls.
I do not love sunburn; I do not love sand that I cannot seem to remove from my body; and I do not love RED FLAGS. Earlier last week while vacationing at Orange Beach, I witnessed more red flags than I had ever noticed before. A red flag displayed on the beach indicates treacherous water conditions. The individual in authority who positions the bold red flags along the beach is not kidding when warning beach enthusiasts of apparent danger. The symbol of the red flag doesn’t simply mean “be careful” — it goes a step further to clarify that one is taking a true risk if he/she chooses to get in the water. I was amazed at the many people who not only ignored these obvious alarms, but also allowed their small children to participate in their poor choice. Over the course of Memorial Day Weekend, a 40 year old man and a 31 year old woman (both separate incidents) drowned due to not heeding the warning signs. I actually watched as beach security pulled a grown man out of the water who was overcome by the riptides (thankfully he survived). Isn’t it true that our Lord also displays red flags to provide warnings of dangerous situations? He may provide red flags in possible destructive relationships, in financial matters, in health issues, in worldly matters, etc. The red flags are not placed in our midst to spoil our fun, but rather to protect us from destructive circumstances. Any choice we make whether good or bad has consequences.
How many times have we found ourselves under water? Once we are under water, it doesn’t matter how deep the water is…..the object is to keep our head above water. We may not be the ones rejecting the red flags. We may actually recognize loved ones oblivious to these blaring reminders of danger ahead. There is no way to describe the discomfort we may feel while walking the beach-side of life only to see a family member or dear friend dive into treacherous waters? We can wave our red flags in the attempt to get their attention until we are exhausted!
We cannot possibly fight the riptides of life without the Life Preserver. When we realize we cannot stay afloat, we become so exhausted from fighting the waves on our own, that we may finally give up and drown. Sure, while surfing on the exciting waves of the world, it appears to be so much fun! But the consequence of riding the waves while red flags are flapping, can be brutal and life threatening to the body, soul, and spirit.
I would like to stick to my “safe place” under the umbrella of the Savior who’s protecting me from getting burned in the angry waves around me. He’s the Life Guard with a perspective from above Who is able to predict my future (He’s already seen the whole picture). The best news is that no matter how far I sink into the abyss when I make poor decisions, He will pull me out. He’s just shaking His head at my stubbornness. He wants to lead me on the safe route; it’s much easier to be proactive than reactive!
With Christ as my Anchor, my castle one day in Heaven won’t wash away! What peace there is in knowing that the destruction of ignoring red flags is never final, because I accepted the gift of His blood red sacrifice on a hill called Calvary.
Christ is the SONSHINE that won’t burn!
Splish Splash with disaster, and we will drown into the depths!
Recognize Red Flags by hanging out with our Life Guard!