Emily Belle Freeman



Don't Forget

On Monday night I caught the house on fire. Well, I almost did.

Grace was desperate for Kale chips.  So I covered the Kale with olive oil, spread it out on a cookie sheet, and put it in the oven.

Then Grace remembered she left her phone at a neighbors house.

Remember how it was such a beautiful night on Monday night?

I suggested we walk over to pick it up…it wouldn't take long.

And it didn't.

But on the way home, from a block away, I heard the fire alarm going off.  I remember asking Grace, "How long do you think it takes to cook Kale chips?"

We started walking faster.

But not fast enough.

We missed all of the excitement.

Greg opening the oven door.  The cookie sheet of Kale bursting into flames.  Greg running through the kitchen with flaming Kale and throwing the cookie sheet in all its flaming glory through the open sliding door.

We got there just in time to experience the smoke that filled the entire house.

"Did you forget about the Kale?"  Greg asked.

Really, I didn't forget.  I just didn't understand how fast it was going to cook.

I neglected to watch over that which I had been entrusted with.

Sometimes we do that.

Sometimes we underestimated how important our watch care is in that moment.

I have been thinking about those I care for.  How I don't want anything to go wrong on my watch.

Sometimes they need me less.

But sometimes they are in the heat of the fire…intense heat for short periods of time…

In those moments, perhaps they need me more.

To provide encouragement, impart counsel, or maybe even just to pray.

Short periods of focused prayer.

Today I am thinking about the importance of watch care.

a daily invitation:

Who needs your care today?  Your prayers?  Your attention?

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Emily Freeman