A remarkable story emerged from the devastating Tsunami that hit South East Asia on Boxing Day, 2004. A ten-year-old British girl saved her family and 100 other tourists because she had learnt about giant waves in a geography lesson.
The Telegraph (UK) reported in 2005: "Tilly Smith (pictured right) was on holiday with her family on Maikhao beach in Phuket, Thailand, when the tide suddenly rushed out. As the other tourists watched in amazement, the water began to bubble and the boats on the horizon started to violently bob up and down. Tilly, who had studied tsunamis in a geography class just two weeks earlier, quickly realised they were in terrible danger. She told her mother they had to get off the beach immediately and warned there could be a tsunami. Her parents alerted the other holidaymakers and staff at their hotel, which was quickly evacuated. The wave crashed a few minutes later, but no one on the beach was killed or seriously injured."
Who would have thought that a geography lesson in a preparatory school in Surrey, England, thousands of kilometres away, would save 100 lives?
There are times when we think that certain information has little or no relevance to us until it is too late. Jesus came and died on a cross so we can be delivered from the coming tsunami of judgment that can come from our choice to ignore the warning signs. Thankfully one little girl was paying attention and was able to read the warning signs on a little beach in Thailand, and many were saved from certain death.
Well it is the same with the good news of the Bible as we see a world ignoring the warning signs much to its peril. But it doesn't have to be that way if we listen to the warning signs the Bible gives to us. Imagine what would have happened if the people on the beach had ignored Tilly's warning. •