OK – I realize sometimes we need a jolt to get us going. I prefer mine hot, in a cup, from either Cups or The Drip or as Coke Zero. The last twenty four hours they came in other ways.

I was dragging yesterday morning. Had an early meeting off Lakeland so went by way of Highland Village to Beagle Bagel and had breakfast and caught up email and misc work stuff. Went on to the meeting. Was waiting in the lobby for the rest of my crew when low and behold FIRE DRILL. I am not kidding you – THE loudest alarm I have ever heard went off above my head. OK – I am AWAKE now!
Lucy and Buster
So get to the office at Regions, sat down, turned on my computer, folks coming in for another meeting (I do that a lot), and my cell phone rings. Steve calling. Alarm company called. Burglar alarm is going off at our house. G R E A T. I call my Daddy (thank you Dad) to see if he can get there before the cops do (he was close) and headed north.  Zone 5 the alarm folks say. Zone 5 was checked and rechecked. NO CLUE.  Buster apparently was not keen on the Madison PD checking in the backyard (and thank you to them – they are always very responsive) but Lucy decided – waaaaay to much commotion and just went out and sat under the tree. She would not even come when Dad called her and she loves him!  Really can’t say that I blame her.
Fast forward. Steve home. Nice evening watching baseball and getting FroYo at Sweet Treats.  I got up about 5 (not unusual) and was sitting in the chair reading and dropped off to sleep. You got it – about 6 – alarm goes off AGAIN – ZONE 5 – we got it off before the cops came this time (I know they will send you a bill in Jackson if that happens too often; may be fixing to find that out about Madison). Checked everything – this time both of us. NO CLUE.
Hmmm on Steve’s TO DO list on his next two weeks off will be get the alarm company out to figure this one out!
Sometimes I think God allows these sort of things to get our (my) attention. I did a quick word study on “alarm” this morning. The term shows up in a number of places in the Old and New Testaments.  There were alarms sounded due to God’s wrath; there are cautions given that alarms of the end times will be heard, and then there is the alarm of Jesus’ friends when they found the empty tomb.
Mark 16:5-6 
As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.
What a great reminder! Do not be alarmed. He is NOT here. He is RISEN. Hope I will remember this as a word picture the next time one of those clanging things goes off (including the one that gets me up regularly in the morning).