Screech, screech, screech.
The tornado siren intruded on Sarah’s solitude. Sarah knew she should get up and take shelter. Only she was in the middle of a book and didn’t want to stop.
Just a few more pages, she told herself. There’s plenty of time.
But her book kept getting more and more interesting. So she shut the door to her bedroom and pulled a pillow over her head so she wouldn’t hear the siren anymore. Only for a minute, of course, while she finished another page.
Only by the time she’d finished that page, she’d forgotten all about the tornado siren. She was lost in her book.
A friend even called her and urged her to take shelter, but Sarah only got mad at her friend for disturbing her. This book was so interesting. It was becoming harder and harder to stop. Just a few more pages…
Thus Sarah kept reading, despite the shaking of her window panes as the tornado grew closer and closer. She ignored the warning–and then it was too late.
“As it is said, ‘Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.’” Hebrews 3:15 (ESV)
“Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2b (ESV)