With my mouth I will give great thanks to the Lord; I will praise him in the midst of the throng. Psalm 109:30
Yesterday I was working at the computer in the home office – that is where I make a living. In my sweats, coffee cup in hand, one cat draped on the edge of the desk in his second cat nap of the day, the other at my feet. Typical day.
Suddenly, every fire alarm in the house went off and the place immediately filled with smoke and what I can only describe as burning crayolas. I ran, opened all the doors and called 911. I had the where-for-all to grab my purse and my cell phone ( yes, I actually thought what else should I grab then decided nothing else mattered more than getting to safety) lead the cats into the car and backed it out of the garage. Then I waited for the fire engine sirens, and the red and white pulsating flashes coming down the long street. I had no idea what was happening in the house, but I actually thanked God at that moment for keeping me calm and guiding my steps to safety. Ten years ago I would not have been so calm, or thinking to include God in the situation.
Obviously since I am typing this, things turned out alright. A piece of insualtion was sucked into the heat pump in the attic. False alarm. But, I saw the lesson in it. When the unexpected happens, even in a split second, we can turn to God to guide us, protect us and send us help. He can be the calm in the midst of chaos. I know He was in charge of my brain yesterday because I couldn’t think over the piercing screech of six alarms yelling warnings in unison. Even the fact that my cats willing exited with me and were safe was a blessing. AND of course that all was well and it was much ado about nothing.
But, we never know. What we do know is we serve a God who cares about the smallest things, even a puff of insulation in a heat pump and getting two cats to safety. He is always there, even in the confusion and the throng of our lives. Praise be to God.