We had a recent episode at our house that quite surprised me. Just Ben, Buddy, and I were at home. The washing machine was operating upstairs and making a racket. I was sitting downstairs typing a story on my IPad. Suddenly, Buddy wants to crawl in my lap and I push him off. He's no lightweight anymore at 30+ lbs. So I end up relenting and he crawls up on me and is shaking like mad. So I'm definitely freaked and wondering what on earth is wrong with him. Is it the noisy washing machine? I'm asking these questions out loud and Ben says "I hear a chirp". Really? I don't hear a chirp with all the noise upstairs. Again, Ben says "yeah I hear a chirp". Now that is not welcome news. Our downstairs smoke alarm has been a great, great source of irritation since we moved into this townhouse. It will go off at the slightest provocation and Brian has threatened to take a hammer to it more than once.
Ben finishes his breakfast and now he gets to hold the dog while I go all around the house, upstairs and downstairs to track down "the chirp". I stand below the downstairs alarm. Nothing! I go upstairs and listen. Nothing! Cannot hear the stupid chirp. Buddy is still shaking to beat the band :(
Finally, Ben says "maybe it's in the basement". I'm thinking "no way"! So I'm down in the basement now listening and looking all over the ceiling area. Yessiree....a soft chirp going on down in the basement. I finally see the alarm at the foot of the stairs. A humbling moment here.........I have overlooked the basement alarm all these years when replacing the batteries. My eyes have gone right past this alarm for eight years and I wasn't really conscious of it being there. A really "duh" moment!
Okay, so the battery is pulled out and "blessed relief"; the chirping stops. Buddy stops shaking and order is restored to our little townhouse world. To think that just a "chirping" sound would make the dog shake, rattle, and roll. He was truly traumatized. And the only place of comfort for Buddy was one of our laps.
I have a Scripture laying on my messy place at the dining room table. Psalm 94:18-19 "Your mercy O LORD will hold me up. In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul". My Heavenly Father has the biggest arms in the world and I run to Him. Glory!