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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.
~ Psalm 91:1-6

My smoke detectors continue to plague me.

Seriously, this has gotten out of hand.  This afternoon, one started chirping intermittently for half an hour.  So I texted my brother-in-law (did you know it’s possible to whine via text? well, it is) and he graciously came over this evening, checked the breaker, checked the smoke detectors and replaced another one.

An hour after he left, I found myself running around my house, searching for a flashlight, in order to run outside and throw the breaker, in order to stop the shrilling shrieks of three of them going off in tandem.  Of course, the breaker did nothing, thanks to the brand-new batteries they all have.  Once again, up the ladder I went, pulling them all down, taking them apart and putting them in my garage.  The next stop will be smashing them with my late husband’s construction hammer, if any of them even think about beeping again.

I’m starting to wonder if the statistical likelihood of me being driven crazy by these stupid devices doesn’t significantly outweigh the odds of my house catching fire.

But what amazes me more than anything is how calm my little boy is during all of this.  He has excellent hearing, so I know it’s not that he isn’t disturbed by the racket.  He wakes up, but doesn’t cry over the terrible noise.  He kind of bunches himself up in the corner of his crib and stays there until I go in and check on him.  Then he relaxes, sighs and goes back to sleep.  It’s as if he knows that as long as mom is there, everything will be okay.

It is such a good reminder for me when things in life sneak up on me or a surprise jars me out of my daily routine.  God is protecting and caring for me every step of the way, so I should be able to relax and stay calm in His presence.  Since He has promised never to leave me, I have nothing to fear in this life.  I need to hang on to that feeling more, and when troubles come, relax and know that He is right there with me.