A couple of mornings ago, at 12:58 AM, my phone made a sound like it does when the doorbell at the church is rang. Naturally, I was asleep. Because of my job, when my phone makes noises in the middle of the night, I wake up and the adrenaline kicks in...I can’t just ignore it and go back to sleep.
So I picked up my phone and opened the Ring app. It didn’t show any new rings or motion alerts since late that afternoon. So I checked the security cameras and, long story short (too late!), nobody was around the building.
It turns out that the doorbell was letting me know that the battery was only at 22% charge and needed to be charged soon! Ugh! But, as I mentioned, adrenaline had kicked in and, try as I might, I could not go back to sleep. Around 3:00 AM, I decided to see if watching an old movie would help me get back to sleep...so I went to the living room and started watching “Back to the Future” (I hate the fact that I just called a movie released when I was a junior in high school “old”).
As I watched I noticed something I don’t think I had noticed all the times I had watched the movie in the past. When Marty goes back to 1955, he crashes into the Peabody’s barn. When the Peabody family comes out to investigate, the father sees the DeLorean and says it must be an “aero-plane”! The son quickly corrects his father by saying, “That ain’t no aero-plane, look,” and shows his dad the cover of a comic book with a spaceship and aliens on it. Marty gets out of the car in a radiation suit and everybody screams.
The family runs out and, when Marty steps out of the barn without the radiation mask on, the boy tells his father, “Shoot it! Its already mutating into human form!” His father then proceeds to empty his shotgun in Marty’s general direction.
This made me start to think (lengthening my insomnia) about so many things today. So often we react before we know all the facts. We hear about something that happened and react before all the details are known.
Sometimes it is the one who “knows” and is telling others about it who desires a specific reaction, from those others...and often gets the desired response because those others don’t want to wait for all the facts to be discovered.
With social media being such a big part of our lives today, many times “news” items spread quickly...before all the facts come out. People get upset and say and, sometimes, do things that they may regret later.
In Acts 17:11 we are told the Bereans were excited by Paul’s message of the gospel, but that they examined the Scriptures daily to make sure it was the truth.
Perhaps it would do us all good if, when we hear about something in “real time” that happened, we take a step back and wait for all the facts to be unveiled before we offer our opinion...to make sure it is the truth!