We have all experienced it. It can drive you crazy. The sporadic chirping of a dead smoke detector battery. I bet the sound is going through your head right now and you are remembering back to the last time your heard it. They never seem to go out at a convenient time. For some reason it always seems to be in the middle of the night.
Well about a month ago, I got an early morning, and I mean early, text from my brother. He stopped by on his way home from work to check on my grandparent’s place and do a few loads of laundry. He was not amused when what greeted him was the chirping of a dead smoke detector battery. Our text exchange at 4:30 am went like this:
His text: “Next time you come down bring a lot of 9-volt batteries. Smoke detectors are driving me crazy”
Of course, I inform him where he could find the replacement batteries at the house.
His text: “ LOL ok I’ll check. They are all going out at once.” … “They [batteries] were there. I’ll hang them back up instead of smashing them. Lol”
He claims that there were at least six smoke detectors in the house and all of them were beeping at the same time. I think he is exaggerating just a little. He said it was like walking into a game called “Let’s Find the Smoke Detectors.”
So have you felt like this? Are you walking through a maze of smoke detectors? You know… stop one chirp
and another pops up. It is like you can never get ahead. You feel like you don’t get anything accomplished on your “to do” list. You are run down and running on empty. Frustrated. Something is always pulling you back, getting you down. You worry, have fears. You get irritated. It’s driving you crazy and you feel like smashing something.
So what do you do? Do you give in to your pity party or do you calmly put out the chirps? Are you spending time with Jesus recharging your batteries or are you letting everything build up until you just want to smash something? Really, what does smashing something accomplish? It may satisfy you for a few minutes, but in the long run not only do you end up hurting yourself, you hurt those around you, and you hurt your witness as a lover of Jesus Christ. Plus, you have to go out and buy new smoke detectors which takes more time, effort and money.
Is this how you are feeling? Are you hearing the warning chirps? Is your battery running low? Batteries can only last so long. They are easily drained by over use. Just like a cell phone has to be recharged every day. You need to plug in and recharge. Every day.
Today, let’s take some time to plug into our POWER source. Maybe put on some PRAISE music and sit down with your favorite beverage and God’s Word. Below is just a few verses to get you started. I am sure you can add more. Now spend time with the source of your power, pouring your heart out to him in prayer, letting him fill you up and recharge you.
Joshua 1:8 This law must not leave your lips! You must memorize it day and night so you can carefully obey all that is written in it. Then you will prosper and be successful.
Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait for the Lord’s help find renewed strength;
they rise up as if they had eagles’ wings, they run without growing weary,
they walk without getting tired
Psalm 55:6 I say, “I wish I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and settle in a safe place!
Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I am with you; when you pass through the streams, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not harm you.
Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and my load is not hard to carry.”
Isaiah 14:3-4 When the Lord gives you relief from your suffering and anxiety, and from the hard labor which you were made to perform, you will taunt the king of Babylon with these words: “Look how the oppressor has met his end! Hostility has ceased!
As your time of recharging comes to an end, I pray that you start your day with a fully charged battery ready to face the fiery darts you know the enemy will be sending your way.