Stay home in the morning for a delivery and service person to arrive, then if I was good and got all my unpacking and bill paying chores done during that time, I’d treat myself to an excursion of errands out of the house.
So I began my “To-Do” list and worked at crossing off a few items at a time.
But soon enough, I had glanced at the clock to see that it was almost 11 a.m. Both my delivery and service call were “scheduled” between 9 and 12 that morning; both were to call before arriving. The phone and doorbell had been silent.
Do I just keep working and hope they show by noon? Even if they did, the service to set up my security system would surely take more than the hour that was left of my morning.
So I thought I’d make a few friendly calls, keeping my voice polite and smiling so that I wouldn’t ruin my day, or someone else’s, with a bad attitude.
As it turned out, the serviceman for the security system was double booked and working at another house across town, and the delivery wasn’t even loaded on the truck.
But I didn’t lose my peace. Deep breath in… and out.
I would wait.
About 1:15 p.m. the security installer showed. It was understood in the contract that the homeowner needed to be present during the install, so I was now bound to the house until he finished.
We talked over the details of what was needed, gave him a brief tour of my home so that he knew were all the components were, and he set off to work.
And I didn’t lose my peace.
It wasn’t long before I ran out of “To Do’s” on my list that were solely at home duties. Many others were errands that were to get me out of the house.
Fortunately, the delivery came and went smoothly during that time, but here it was, now 4:00… and then 5:00 p.m.
My husband came home from work surprised to see him still there working.
My family was getting hungry and irritable.
I didn’t have much in the kitchen, as I had planned on picking up something to make for dinner during my… yep, those errands that were slated for my “reward” in the afternoon.
I had run out of things to do and was beginning to tire of this stranger in my home, wandering from room to room and pressing buttons on his laptop tied into my modem.
But I kept telling myself that after this one long day, our home would feel safer and more secure from criminal threat.
So I kept my peace.
Now 6:00 had turned to 7:00 p.m. Where had the day gone?
My husband and I were now just watching a movie on TV and trying to live our lives as usual… well sort of.
At 7:20 he announced that he was done and ready to show us how to arm and disarm the alarm system. He gave us a thorough tour of all the online capabilities as well.
Whew, done! He packed up his gear, loaded his ladder and after a few signatures, was out the door.
My husband and I scrambled through the fridge to find something to make, deciding on eggs and toast for dinner.
My daughter had since given up and had konked out for a late nap and slept through dinner.
Now I admit that I have felt a little more at peace, knowing that my house is more secured.
But I began to think about my heart, and my mind, wondering if I truly wait patiently as well when it comes to protecting those.
In John 10:10, God tells us that, “The thief comes only in order to steal, kill and destroy. But I came that you may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance, to the full, till it overflows.”
The “thief,” also known as the “father of lies,” (John 8:44) is our enemy, Satan. His desire is not necessarily to steal physical possessions from us, but rather positive thoughts and attitudes that propel us forward.
He wants to steal our hope, self image and energy. He wants to kill our dreams, confidence and beliefs. He wants to destroy our potential buy making us think that we have all the time in the world to put off what we should do today.
We spend so much time and money investing in protecting the “things” of this earth, but how much are we willing to invest in the security system God wants to install within us?
He very much wants to protect us from the enemy. But we need to invest in our soul security system. And that requires our time and attention.
If I get up early, like I know I should, and invest the time with Him in prayer and reading His word, I am guarding my heart and mind in Christ Jesus. I am putting on God’s armor (Ephesians 6:10-18).
Then I am protecting not just my “stuff” here on earth with buttons, wires and alarms, but I am protecting my heart and mind with what really matters most.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
“Blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence is in Him.”