Thursday, September 13, 2012

Before we Ask

I got a sensor alarm system that beeps and then says, "hello!" when Mom K tries to get out of her chair or bed without signaling for a nurse. Then the beep transfers to a nurse's belt monitor so she knows she needs to hightail it to Mom K's room, and it is hoped, catch her before she falls. Jamie, the manager, went in to install it for me and as he opened her room door, she was walking back from the bathroom...without anyone there to help her per our repeated pleas.
"Gertrude!" he said, "You are supposed to call for help to get up!"
"Shhhhh," she said to Jamie, putting her finger to her mouth.

I explained the purpose of the alarm when I visited yesterday. It was a good day for her and she seemed to understand.
"This way," I told her, "If you forget to use the call button, the nurses will know to come and help you anyway."
She seemed on board with the idea.

I think it is a great concept for all of us to ponder. Sometimes we forget to call for help. Sometimes we are not even aware we need it. If only there were some sort of heavenly alarm that would go off when we were about to do something we shouldn't do, or at least should not be doing unassisted....

Personally, I like to think there is. I think somewhere in infinity between the stars, there are swarms of aids that are listening for the Master's alarm. I think they are swooping down to assist largely unbeknownst to us, and with our first groan of despair. Every step we take is being monitored and a voice that is sometimes almost audible is calling out ,"hello, I'm here to catch you!"

Matthew 6:7-8 (NIV)
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. [8] Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

-save a dog-

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