I’ve been awake since 3:45 this morning. I get up early each morning, but not this early normally. I was in a pretty deep sleep when the smoke detectors in our house went into alarm. They are all hooked together, so if one goes off, they all go into alarm. I instantly hopped out of bed. Was there a fire in my house? I knew I needed to check things out. I walked through the house, but I couldn’t find any smoke or fire (which is obviously good). The alarm stopped, and I returned to bed.
Within a few minutes, I was back out of bed as the alarm went off again. As I guessed, the battery in one of the detectors must have been losing its power. Typically when this happens, the detector sends out a beep every minute or two. However, in some cases, it will simply send the whole house into alarm.
With this in mind, I began to search the house for a fresh 9-Volt battery. I looked in our battery bin. Nothing. I thought for a minute about where else I might have another newer battery. The only place I could come up with was Isaac’s model rocket launcher. I found the controller and pulled the battery. When I took it to the detector I thought was the culprit, I discovered that the battery from Isaac’s rocket launcher was also low on power.
So what else could I do? You guessed it. I grabbed my wallet and car keys, threw on my shoes, and drove to our local grocery store to pick up 9-Volt batteries – at four in the morning! When I returned home at 4:20AM, I began replacing all the smoke detector batteries in the house. I purchased enough batteries for the whole house along with having a few spares. Next time, I’ll be sure to replace the smoke detector batteries on a regular basis (like they recommend), and I’ll be sure to be prepared with a few extra 9-Volt batteries in the house.
As I was driving to and from the grocery store at 4ish in the morning, I couldn’t help but think how this early morning wake-up call was a good reminder the follow the teaching found in I Peter 3. In this chapter, Peter proclaims that we should always be prepared to give an answer for the hope we profess.
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
I Peter 3:15,16
Being prepared to give an answer to everyone regarding the hope I have seems pretty challenging, but I think there’s a few simple things we can do to help us prepare for this opportunity. Here are a few of my ideas:
And yet again, I learn from the lessons of my life. In some strange way, I’m thankful for a smoke detector alarm that woke me up in the early hours of the morning. And next time, I’ll be better prepared!
When was the last time you woke up in the middle of the night to something alarming? What other suggestions do you have for being better prepared to give a reason for your hope?
Last night, I sat in the back of my car with the hatch back open during my son’s weekly scout meeting. I watched the boys running around with what seemed liked endless energy. They ran back and forth across the open field as most kids played ultimate Frisbee. Meanwhile, a smaller group of boys were playing wall ball. They kept running and running until it was time to change activities.
As I looked on, I recalled days of my youth when my energy also seemed to have few limits. I would go until I collapsed. I still feel fairly young at 40 years old, but there is no question that I don’t have the same energy reserve that I once had. Yes, even a guy who runs marathons gets tired.
The more I looked on, the more this verse from Isaiah kept coming into my mind.
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
I don’t know where you’re at with your energy. I’ve read a lot of blog posts recently that indicate that there are many people who are feeling the need for a break. People are worn out, tired, and depleted of energy. If you’re like me, you need this reminder from Isaiah. There are lots of energy drinks, energy bars, and other energy foods that offer temporary relief from our empty energy tanks. Many people offer ideas for ways to keep our energy at a high level. But there is only one Place that offers true energy replenishment. Those who turn to God will experience renewed strength and energy.
That’s what I needed to hear.
How’s your energy these days? How do you recharge your battery?