Warning chime

I drove to work this morning in the fog. When I arrived, I grabbed my two bags (personal glimpse into my world — one was a black Temple University canvas bag filled with homework papers to be graded and the other was a plastic grocery bag that contained my lunch — I’m a total hobo) and attempted to exit my car. However, when I opened the door the car’s warning chime sounded.

I stopped, said “thank you” (I don’t think I said it out load, but I might have), and turned off my lights. [Remember that it was foggy.] I then tried to exit again, but the chime was still ringing away. I paused and realized that the keys were still in the ignition. I collected my keys, gathered my two bags, and finally got out of the car — all was silent now.

Walking into my office, it occurred to me that the warning chime is analogous to the Holy Spirit. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, the Holy Spirit moves in and we have a friend/comforter/warning chime to help keep us out of trouble (John 16:7). In the same way as I was warned that I was about to drain my car’s battery by leaving my lights on, the Holy Spirit will alert us when we’re headed off course, as well as guiding us into God’s blessings when we listen carefully.

So what could go wrong, you ask? The answer is simple: we don’t always listen… I’ve returned to my car at the airport only to find my battery dead because I forgot to turn off my headlights. I know that the warning chime was doing its work when I shut my door, but I was distracted because I was rushing to my flight. Distraction, or flat out disobedience, can mute the Holy Spirit’s voice in our lives.

When you get out of your car after your commute tomorrow morning, listen for that warning chime. Use it as a reminder that you also have the gift of the Holy Spirit and then listen for His voice throughout your day. Be blessed!

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About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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