By David A. Sargent
Last winter, a powerful blizzard ripped
through North Dakota causing white-out conditions which stranded
hundreds of motorists across the state. “Snow whipped up by
wind marred the lines between pavement and grassy drop-offs, leaving
some scared motorists unsure what to do,” reports Dave Kolpack.
Two software developers have developed an
application (an “app”) for iPhone and Android smartphone users that
can help people in these dangerous situations. Bob Bertsch, an
employee with the North Dakota State University Extension Service,
and Jake Joraanstad, an NDSU computer engineering major, designed
the free app called “Winter Survival Kit” to be both “a primer to
help motorists prepare for winter driving and a beacon when things
go badly,” according to Kolpack. The app can pinpoint a
motorist's location, call 911, notify friends and family, and
monitor how long the gasoline in the vehicle will hold out.
Stranded motorists can also tap a big red button that reads “I’m
Stranded!” on the app’s simple home screen to send out an emergency
"It's our sincere hope that no one ever has
to use it," said Bertsch. "But if one person does have to use
it and it keeps them in their car or keeps them from succumbing to
carbon monoxide poisoning, then it is definitely worth the time and
effort that was spent on the app."
Consider another “APP”lication…
Life can be as confusing – and even
dangerous – as white-out conditions in a blizzard. Jeremiah
said, “O LORD, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in
man who walks to direct his own steps” (Jeremiah 10:23).
But God has provided an “APP” to give us
help, guidance, and instructions for the abundant life now (John
10:10) and eternal life to come (Mark 10:29-30). The APP is
the Bible, God’s Word. The Psalmist declared, “Your word is a lamp
to my feet And a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105).
This APP informs us of our lost condition
in sin and how, in sin, we are doomed to destruction (Romans 3:23;
6:23; Matthew 7:13-14). However, this APP also proclaims the
Good News (the Gospel) that God loves us so much that He gave His
Son to die on the cross for our sins (John 3:16). Through
Jesus, we can have LIFE – abundant and eternal (John 10:10; 14:6)!
In order to enjoy these blessings and be
saved, we must APPLY the “APP” to our lives. God has promised
to save those who will place their faith and trust in Jesus (Acts
16:30-31), turn from their sins in repentance (Acts 17:30-31),
confess Jesus before men (Romans 10:9-10), and be baptized into
Christ for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38). Those who
continue to follow the APP’s instructions will continue to have
their sins washed away by the blood of Jesus (1 John 1:7).
Won’t YOU APPLY God’s APP (His Word) to
your life so that you may know the Way to life eternal?
- David A. Sargent, minister for the Church of Christ at Creekwood
in Mobile, Alabama, is also the editor of an electronic devotional
entitled Living Water. To learn more about this excellent
resource contact David via their website: http://www.creekwoodcc.org
Source: “Survival app aims to help drivers in winter storms” By Dave
Kolpack of the Associated Press, with contributions by Associated
Press writer Amber Hunt