To the Rescue

I could see a fire truck speeding up my street. Where was the emergency?

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A firetruck races to an emergency.

Wow, I thought, as a crack of thunder roared above my house. We hadn’t had a storm this bad in forever. The news reports said trees were down all over and there was flash flooding. Good thing I was safe and sound inside. I’d always felt protected at my address, No. 91, the same number as my favorite psalm.

Suddenly, I heard sirens. Looking out my window, I could see a fire truck, lights flashing, speeding up my street. Where’s the emergency? The truck slowed in front of my house, pulled to the curb and stopped. Three firemen jumped out and raced up my walk, holding their helmets on against a violent gust of wind.

I dashed to the front door and opened it. “Can I help you?” I asked.

“We received a 911 call for this address,” the lead fireman said, his gear dripping in the rain.

“A 911 call? I didn’t call anyone,” I said, mystified. “Are you sure you have the right address?”

The fireman turned to one of his crew. “What was the house number?” he asked.

“Ninety-one,” the other fireman said.

“There’s no fire here,” I insisted. “Check around the house if you’d like.”

The firemen trudged through the torrents of rain into the backyard and made sure there wasn’t smoke coming from anywhere I didn’t see. Finally, the lead fireman scratched his head and said, “I guess it was a false alarm. Sorry to have disturbed you, ma’am.”

The firemen headed down the walk to the truck. At that very instant I heard a loud snap. I looked up. The power line overhead whipped down toward my house—and me. I froze.

All of a sudden, the wire slammed into the fire truck, throwing off an explosion of sparks. The firemen jumped away safely as the line twisted and popped. Immediately, they secured the area before anyone could get electrocuted.

The road in front of my house was closed for two days while the power company repaired the lines. Besides that, everyone was okay. I think I know why.

The Psalmist wrote it perfectly in Psalm 91: “For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all of thy ways.”


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