"Aunt Mary Beth the police are coming. I called 911! I saw it on TV and a child is lost," said 6 year old Brea.
"What? There's not a child lost here, that's in another city."
"It's in America," she replied.
Within minutes, Attalla's finest arrived. By then Brea had decided maybe they would help find her green ball. The police officer spoke to my granddaughter with compassion explaining the difference between a false alarm and one that would require police participation.
This is not the first time I've experienced a grandchild using the phone and causing a chaotic situation. It was years ago when my oldest grandson came knocking on my bathroom door, "NaNa! A man wants to talk to you on the phone! Now! It's an emergency!"
With shampoo running in my eyes, I grabbed the phone, and quickly said, "Hello."
"Who are you?" A man asked.
"Who are you?" I questioned.
"This child says he's home alone. How do I know who you are? I'm calling the police."
"He's not alone. I'm his grandmother!"
"My wife wants to call the police."
"Well, then call the police!" All the while, I was pointing my finger and silently mouthing the words, "Boy, you are in trouble!"
Luckily, the man believed me and didn't call the police. I told my grandson to stay off the phone and I'd deal with him when I finished my shower.
Kids do the outrageous things. Years ago, I'd left my son in our van while I went into a laundry mat. After picking up the laundry, there was no trace of Joseph. My knees were trembling, my voice quivering as I called his name over and over. I decided to call 911 after I looked in the van one more time; that's when I found him hiding under the last back seat. Sometimes children don't understand that hide and seek is not always a fun game.
Matthew 8:26 NIV He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm."
--- God is always there to give us strength, determination, and willpower to handle any crisis.