Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Safety First

As I was doing my morning Bible reading, in Revelations, I came upon a verse that triggered a memory from way back when I was probably ten or so.

We were on our way home from church, my brothers and I were in the back seat of the buggy, and I was listening to Mom and Daddy discuss that day's sermons and Bible reading. It had been the Sunday for the annual end times sermon and scripture. Revelations 14 had been read between the two sermons. It was the only time the book of Revelations was touched, and the only chapter ever read in church. It wasn't preached on either so as not to add or take away words from the book of Revelations.

For some reason Daddy made the remark that he thinks he'll have to read the entire book of Revelations. I was instantly intrigued, because what had been read had piqued my interest.

That evening I started reading it. I was terrified, horrified, and yet intrigued. I kept reading. I came to the part where a star, Wormwood fell into the water and it became bitter and people died from it.

I don't know why, with everything else that was written in Revelations, that verse really bothered me. How was anyone supposed to know when that happened? I didn't want to risk dying from drinking some bitter star flavored water.

For a long time when ever I needed a drink I would first serve a glass of water to one of my brothers. If they seemed to be okay it was safe for me to drink it as well.


  1. A scary thought for a 10 year old. My brother was often my guinea pig also.

  2. LOL!! What a caring big sister moment.

  3. LOL! Oh wow, that does sound like something a big sister would do. I would know as I have two older sisters (I'm the youngest of three. Revelation is a tricky book to read, especially if you don't have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The imagery is scary enough when you do belong to Jesus. I mean creepy-scary, not frightened, because I know that as a believer I'll be alright no matter what comes.

  4. Revelations is a hard book to read as an adult, I can imagine that you were terrified but I had to laugh at your "big sister" moment. It's so comforting to know that as a follower of Jesus, my ending destination is known.

  5. That is hilarious! Poor younger siblings... little do they know... : )

  6. Suppose your brother would have become sick?

  7. Revelations is a very difficult book. Even trained theologians have trouble with it, and my dad, who had years of seminary under his belt, thought it ought to have been omitted when the early Church fathers where putting together the Bible.


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