Saturday morning I slept a little late, got up, did a few things upstairs and then headed to the main level. As I walked down the stairs, the smell of something burning hit me. Kolya has a wood burning set, so I thought he had it out doing a project.
Rounding the corner to the family room, I found Kolya sitting on the couch watching television. “Did you use your wood-burning set this morning?” I asked. “No,” He responded, “but I did just start to smell something burning.”
Mark was working, but Austin and Erica joined Kolya and I as we went all through the house trying to figure out what was burning. After 40 minutes and with the smell intensifying, I decided to call the non-emergency number for the fire dept. “I didn’t want to call 911 because we don’t have a fire, but we have a pretty intense burning smell. Could you help us figure it out?” I asked.
Pretty soon we had two firetrucks and more than a dozen firefighters descend upon our house. They smelled it immediately when they walked in and started asking questions and investigating. After an hour, they checked every wall and could not find any evidence that we had an electrical fire in the wall somewhere. Even though the furnace didn’t smell at all, they suggested we call someone to look at the furnace. Sure enough, the electrical board of the furnace had burned…but the furnace was still working!
You know me…I think every life experience is a learning opportunity! Here’s what I learned from our “fire incident” on Saturday:
1) Don’t hesitate to ask for help. Sometimes you need to call in someone who knows more than you do. When the fireman carried in a thermal detector and started scanning our walls, I knew I had done the right thing. They had tools to investigate better than we did on our own.
2) Always put your underwear away in your bedroom. I guess this is along the lines of why your mom told to you always wear clean underwear! When I led the firemen through the house and entered our bedroom, I was mortified to find my underwear laying on the floor. Oh my! Someone might be in your house even if you weren’t planning on having company!
3) Prepare for emergencies. This caused our family to talk about a fire escape plan and it launched an interesting discussion about what we would grab if there were a real fire. I was recently on Pinterest and pinned an emergency kit that was one notebook that contains all your important documents. Currently our important documents are in a file cabinet which would be a little hard to lug out the door in an emergency!
4) Pray. When we couldn’t easily determine what was burning, I began to pray. “Lord, show us what we cannot see. Give us wisdom. Point us in the right direction.” Prayer needs to be our first thought…not our last. What a peace it was to be searching for this with Jesus by my side.
What about you? Have you ever had an emergency that you learned a lesson or two from?