The other night, we awoke to the sound of the fire alarm at about 2 in the morning. It was dark and disconcerting, but there was no fire to our relief. We tried to settle back down for the rest of those precious sleeping hours. We figured it must be another misfire... A year ago, the alarm went off and our house was searched by firemen in the middle of the night. Again no fire. After checking we figured a heat build up in the garage must have set the alarm off. But again, thankfully no fire.
The other evening we as a family were so excited to be able to have a dinner at home. It was a rare night with no baseball game or practice, no track or any other sport. I had thought ahead and had the slow cookers lined up on the counter. One had a roast in it. Another had green beans. An another pot had buttered noodles. My hubby and I were chatting while we set the table. The boys were playing in the yard. I thought to myself, wow a relaxing dinner! I must be dreaming right? Just about that time, our fire alarm went off. It's such a shrill sound it shattered my thoughts of a peaceful night with the fam. " Whaaaa, whaaa, whaaaa" the alarm screamed!
There goes dinner I thought... who could eat with that racket going on? I looked at Doug and said wow it must be misfiring again! Then I said wait a minute! Something called me to go through the garage and into the front yard. There, one of my precious boys was standing, wide eyed and stunned. Just at the time he had shot off the rocket he'd gotten for Easter, a gust of wind blew the smoke into the garage and wafted under the smoke alarm just long enough set it off.
I told him to please never shoot a rocket off without Doug or I present, and please make sure it's far from our house or any house. He was truly repentant.. It really wasn't me that scolded him... instead the loud shock of the fire alarm was more of a lesson than old mom setting him straight.
But while he and all of us have to follow the rules in life and rocket launching, we still have to find the courage to launch. I admired his explorer spirit. I had a thought that our space program began with someone with the ability to look up and wonder how can we do this? Then have the courage to actually launch.
Recently I was invited to the "Our Lady of Sorrows" Author's day. All the children wrote books and displayed them, author stood up and told about their books and how they got their inspiration. I was so moved by one of the speakers, Father Mitch Pacwa. He is a host on EWTN and is also an author. He told the children the story of how Mother Angelica started her world wide network and of the miracles that lead up to her sending out the TV signal.
He tells the story of how she was so mad, when she heard someone was going to go on TV and say something bad about Jesus. For three days she fumed. Then on the third day she said she would start a TV network and say good things about Jesus. At the time she had 200 dollars in her checking account. But she ordered the equipment and prayed. The day the satellites were being delivered, she needed a third of the down payment for the driver to unload them. So she invited him in for tea and cookies and went to the chapel to pray. While there, she was informed she had a phone call. It was from a man on a yacht in the middle of the ocean and he said he had 60- thousand dollars he wanted to donate to her. That's the exact amount she needed for those satellites to be unloaded from the truck. He wired her the money immediately and the network was launched!
What courage to do something you feel you're called to do. Doing something good sometimes requires courage... here's encouragement , you will find you dream to launch!
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