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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mysterious Ways: A Doorbell Disturbance

Larry Rohloff tells us,  The 
kids and I were asleep when 
the  chimes began ringing
nonstop. What could be so


Chimes startled me awake. 
I slapped my alarm clock,  but the noise didn’t stop. It wasn’t my alarm. 

The doorbell?

Our two Labrador retrievers, Jax and Shelby, began barking along, composing a chaotic symphony that echoed throughout the house. RING! RING! BARK! BARK! I glanced at the time: 1:00 a.m. 

Who could be at our door this late? They’d better have a good excuse for waking the kids.

I groaned as I stumbled out of bed. It had been such a struggle to get my four-year-old, Jacob, and one-year-old, Samantha, tucked in for the night–I don’t know what magic my wife Lisa always used, but I didn’t have it. 

She was out of town on business and it was my first time flying solo. I was completely wiped out and hoped to get some rest. So much for that.

RING! RIING! RIIING! The doorbell just wouldn’t stop. It was like someone was leaning on it. I hurried downstairs and maneuvered around the dogs to the front door. 

“Alright, alright, alright…” I swung the door open, ready to give whoever-it-was a piece of my mind.

Nobody was there. Nothing but the glow of the porch lights. I hit the doorbell a few times to stop it from sounding off, but it kept chiming. The dogs were howling now.  

With this much commotion, Jacob and Sammy would never get back to bed.

Finally I fiddled with the box that housed the doorbell electronics, unhooked a few wires, and the ringing stopped. The dogs hushed. All was quiet again.

Too quiet. Had the kids really slept through it all? I made a beeline toward their rooms. Jacob was sound asleep, snuggled with his teddy bear. I smiled and headed to the nursery. 

Looking into Samantha’s crib, my heart skipped a beat. Her blanket was wrapped tightly around her head!

I quickly reached in and unwound it. Samantha’s eyes were closed, her body still. “Oh God, no…”  I picked her up and stroked the side of her face. “Sammy… Sammy? Wake up, baby.”

After a moment, her tiny limbs wiggled. Her little mouth formed into a perfect oval yawn and the cutest angelic smile followed. 

I exhaled a sigh of relief. What if she’d suffocated in her sleep? What if that doorbell hadn’t rung?

That doorbell, it was the strangest thing. When I told my wife about it later, she didn’t believe me. We both knew it had been broken for quite some time–it never made a sound.

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Mysterious Ways: A Doorbell Disturbance

By Larry Rohloff, Buffalo, New York

Mysterious Ways Magazine

Let’s pray:

   Father, it's awesome how You do
things that can't be explained!

  As we ponder Larry's experience,
may we clearly see that Your Hand
provided what was needed to save
his daughter.

   When we have times we don't understand
what You're doing, may we remember that You know what You're doing, and that we would be wise to trust Your judgement. 

   Thank You for saving the baby, and for proving Your ability to get the father to her in time to help her be able to breath.

   I pray this in the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Today’s Bible verse: Ps. 15:18 "I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people!

Today’s quote: Eddie Jones – “There is no other god who is able to deliver like this. Release from captivity is the hallmark God’s work within the history of mankind. He delivers us from slavery to sin, self-centeredness, and death. God is able to deliver on time, every time.”

Some thoughts today: Do some self-evaluation. What needs to be centered in your heart and life?

- The main key, is to center your life around what will bring glory to God. It will also be the best for you!

- Ask God: What do You want for me to do? It's not about getting Him to buy into what you decide to do, my friend. In John 12:17, we can see that Jesus' prayer is to glorify His Father. As He desired to bring Him glory, let's do the same.

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