911 Words

In the last 6 months, I’ve had to place a 911 call. Our water heater caught fire and I was home with our three kids. Thankfully it was only 6pm and two of the three kids were actually standing by the door…WITH SHOES ON. I got everyone outside and made the most nerve racking call of my life.

“911. What’s your emergency?”

When I told the operator the what and the where, there were four ladder trucks, two policeman, and one ambulance in front of our condo in under three minutes. The fire was out in under 10 minutes. {Unbelievably, the main cause of damage was smoke, and, in the end, most of our things were salvageable. The cleanup/remodeling process was amazing. I encourage everyone to get/check on your homeowners insurance.} All of the firemen, paramedics, police officers, not to mention our neighbors, were all incredible-I could type on and on and on. My main point is that I called, they answered, and they answered in amazing fashion.

The next call I made that night was to my parents. I told my dad what happened and, with zero hesitation, he told us to pack up a few things and come home. My mom helped me do about 4 loads of laundry that night, including the kids’ backpacks, to get that nasty smokey smell out of everything. They let me sit in their laundry room and sob while they read our kids a bedtime story. When all was said and done, with the crazy insurance process, Mom and Dad allowed us, ALL 5 of us and our dog, to live in their home for four weeks. It was over Thanksgiving and Christmas. They allowed the kids to help decorate their tree and Mom gave each of them their own ornament to look at.

Aron called on his family as well, and they hosted us over the Holidays for about 11 days. My siblings brought us food, kept us company, let us vent. My MOPs group, folks from our home church, and our parents’ friends brought us meals. In a way, all of these dear ones answered a 911 call and blessed us SO much. We were more than protected, clothed, and fed.

All of this makes me think of anther 911 call I can place.

One time, I asked one of my very best friends what she does when she’s afraid. She told me that as a child, her father taught her to read aloud Psalm 91, starting at verse 1…911.

Psalm 91:1-16 NIV

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord , “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the Lord , “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.””

(Emphasis mine)

I take great comfort in knowing/reading these powerful promises. For me, some are easy and some are hard to grasp, but the hardest part is the faith to believe that God will do what He says he will do. But faith comes by hearing (Romans 10:17) especially if it’s my own voice reading to myself. This sounded crazy to me at first, but it’s proved easier to have faith when I read the scripture out loud on a regular basis. It’s difficult to hand my insecurities over to someone I can’t see, but when I have, God has ALWAYS been faithful.

It’s amazing how well cared-for we were in our time of trial by our family, friends, and even people that we’d never met before. But, even better, God says in His word that He cares for me more than any of these. I love how The Message says it:

Matthew 7:7-11 MSG

“”Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This isn’t a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust? If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing. You’re at least decent to your own children. So don’t you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better?”

All Better

All clean and moved back in…new floors, paint, and ceilings.

I can call 911 anytime, no matter the WHAT or WHEN.

Faith is the deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.

– Oswald Chambers


2 thoughts on “911 Words

  1. Of course, I know this entire story, but it brought tears to my eyes. I am so thankful to have such a wonderful family! I know, just like you, that I could call at any time, without hesitation and know that they will be there! Just like our heavenly father – always there when we call!!! Thanks for sharing! Love you!!!

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