My sister, Sheren, and her husband were in Maui when the alert came through that a North Korean missile was headed their way. My brother-in-law knew they had about 12 minutes to take cover, but they really didn’t know where to go. Being from Oklahoma, and fully aware of tornado precautions, they opted for an inside bathroom in their hotel room. As they went inside and closed the door, they began praying. When they finished praying, she texted their four kids and told them briefly about the situation, reminded them of how much they were loved, and asked them to pray as well. It was five minutes later that they received the “all clear” message.
Her words didn’t surprise me when asked about this ordeal. She said they never panicked. They knew they’d either be staying in Hawaii, or waking up in Heaven – both great options!
Mike and Sheren have lived as followers of Christ for many years. They’ve taught Sunday School, led Bible studies, mentored other couples and young parents, and served on various church committees. They’ve raised four children, and are now enjoying their “empty nest”- traveling, serving others, and sharing God’s love wherever they go!
Have you thought about what your reaction would’ve been if you’d been in Hawaii during this time? Would you have been certain that you’d either be in Hawaii or Heaven? Romans 3:23 reminds us that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God!” I’ve certainly “come short” many times! The Bible also tells us in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Praise God, confession is always an option!
I’m often reminded that my part in this salvation was so small; it’s all about what God did for me! My role was to be a willing participant, and He did the rest; “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Hawaii is a beautiful place, but I know it can’t compare to Heaven, where there are no worries or tears, and everything and everyone will be perfect! Praise God for His promise of this happy ending!
Susan Easttom, Director of Family Ministries