The children were finally settled in bed. The young men had returned from work. We were tired. The coffee pot was set to brew at 5:45 am. The machines I use consistently were turned on – the dishwasher, the washer and/or dryer. My husband had already checked on a previous noise that had concerned me. We were comfortable under the warm covers. I was reading. My husband opened his eyes to see me staring toward the bathroom in a frozen state and asked what was the matter? I asked if he heard that noise? He calmly said it was the refrigerator (that makes very loud noises noticed when the house is quiet). I knew it wasn’t. Finally, he heard it two or three times, and got up again to see what it was. Of course, it stopped. Back in bed… now, we both knew it was coming from the bathroom. Realizing, it probably wasn’t a harmful alert, my husband was more interested in rest. I was not alarmed anymore, but could not sleep wondering what it was. I snooped around the bathroom and hoped it would sound again enough times for my ears to discover the source. I had scouted out all the little boys’ toys that make baths an army battleground or a used car lot… or so I thought. I missed looking at the drain. It was a policeman figure saying something intermittently, which echoed into the drain pipe. This brightly resounding noise was that of this policeman’s muffled words!
We surely enjoyed a laugh! I do not know where this guy came from, but I surely know he’s at our house now!
This little experience reminds me of how noises in the night do startle us – even us big people. When our little ones come to us with concerns about noises, they are ultimately wanting to feel safe and secure. As parents, we do our best to scope out the noise and calm their hearts.
Life in this world is very noisy. We often hear noises that alarm us even in the daytime. The news media keeps us abreast of the choices people make. Money or morals? Profits or principles? Crime or conscience? “Healthcare management” or “humans matter?” Education-a fine privilege or a funding project? The current economy increases financial challenges to many families. Freedoms are being threatened. Our country is facing sore consequences in her departure from the Hand that made her great. Illness and death are not respecters of persons or plans. An uncertain road or an unexpected change can cause us to hold our breath, with our eyes wide open, and to stop in our tracks. We can easily hear these “noises” of our day and be rattled with fear. It is not wrong to be afraid initially, but we must not dwell in fear. Just as our children come to us when “things go bump in the night,” we must take our fears to our Heavenly Father. In His presence, there is peace. The promises of His Word give us hope. Hope in God is our safety and security.
Did you hear a noise?
Run and go tell your Father! He will take care of you!
♥ Jeri Lynn
Psalm 146 ” Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul. While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being. Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish. Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God: Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever: Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The Lord looseth the prisoners: The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind: the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down: the Lord loveth the righteous: The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down. The Lord shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the Lord.”