Living In S-O-S (Jeremiah 33:3 Land)

In my distress, I called out to the Lord, and he heard me.
-1 Samuel 22:7, Psalm 4:1, 18:6, 55:17, 86:7, 120:1, and Jonah 2:2

I had a dream where a man said to me that his favorite place to live was in "S-O-S".  I thought that was a strange thing to say.  I was not sure what it meant.

Distress Signal

As you might know, S-O-S is the distress signal.  It means that help is needed immediately.  An S-O-S is sent out when there has been a serious accident or an attack.

Distress means:
Pressure, stress, constraint; also, great pain, anxiety, or sorrow; acute suffering; affliction; trouble; a state of extreme necessity... (The New Century Dictionary, 1948).
The Hebrew word for distress in the verses above, is tsarah, which the Strong's Hebrew Bible Dictionary says literally means "tightness" or "tight place", and it can also mean "afflicted" and the other words above, especially "distress", because it is often translated to that word.

Living in S-O-S

If "S-O-S" means distress signal or signaling distress, it was notable that the man (in my dream) said it is his favorite place to live.  It was like he was saying, in a matter-of-fact way, that he likes living where the S-O-S is sent out.  The peculiar thing was the "live" part.

I often think about how Jesus said that he came that we might have life, and have life to the fullest (John 10:10).  And Jesus himself is the life (the way, the truth and the life) (John 14:6).  He is the answer to, "how do we get there?"  He is the way to salvation, the way to heaven, and the way to life on earth.


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But encourage each other daily, while it is still called today, so that none of you is hardened by sin's deception.
-Hebrews 3:13 (HCSB)

My heart sang this song:
Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam,
Where the deer and the antelope play,
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day.
Home, home on the range,
Where the deer and the antelope play;
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day.
I reflected on these words and decided that the key line is,  "Where seldom is heard a discouraging word".  The heart-cry of the song is to live free of discouraging words.

The author of "Home on The Range" (originally called My Western Home, in 1872), was a man named Brewster Higley VI.  He went through some serious pain and suffering.  But he lived to be 88 years old.

Step Up (Escalon)

Stairway To Heaven by Fabrizio Furchi,
He had arranged to leave Babylon on April 8, the first day of the new year, and he arrived at Jerusalem on August 4, for the gracious hand of his God was on him.

A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. I took my troubles to the LORD; I cried out to him, and he answered my prayer.
-Ezra 7:9, Psalm 120:1

I believe that a word for 2015, is escalon.  Escalon is a Spanish word that, in English means stair, rung, tier, step, stage, stepping stone, or level.

I immediately turned to Psalm 37:23 and Proverbs 20:24, that say:
The Lord directs the steps of the godly.  He delights in every detail of their lives.
The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way.
These are great verses, but the Spanish translations of the Bible that I looked at, do not have escalon for steps in these two verses.  Escalon means the actual step or stair that carries us up as we step up onto it.  The step or rung or tier elevates us to a higher level.

The escalon (step, rung, tier, or path up) is something you step onto that elevates you.  It is like a promotion, like a raise, or like an upgrade.  I chose the two verses above because they carry the escalon idea.