You know what it is like, you make yourself a cup of tea or coffee, you sit yourself down and the phone rings or the doorbells rings and by the time you get back to your cup the tea or coffee is colder than an Irish summer. Sods law seems to suggest that this happens to me more than most and today has been no exception. Just as I thought the kids in school were settled and I had slipped myself a cheeky wee coffee didn't the fire alarm go off like a banshee on halloween .
Now, I have a signing in book that all my students have to sign when they come to my room. They sign for two reasons. If they dont sign then I know that they are skiving off and I go hunting them down. The more important reason is that if we ever have a fire I can take the book to the designated safe area and check that all my kids are present, correct and safe.
So off went the alarm and I jumped up, opened the fire door and started to strongly encourage the students to leave their things behind and head for the evacuating point. Now most of them left quickly and quietly but a few of the boys headed towards the signing in book . I by this time had it in my hand and ready to take wtih me. They though, wanted to sign in! They knew that because they did not sign in they were in for a ticking off from the teacher who checks the roll during a fire drill.
Oh foolish boys who did not ensure their name was in the book before the alarm sounded.
Now you know where I am going with this don't you?
Revelation 3 v 5 says "The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels".
We in christ know that our names are written in the book, we need fear no alarms, whether false or real.
Turns out the Chemistry department was to blame for my cold coffee this morning. Hmmm.
I love it! Oh the days of fire alarms and drills. There have been a couple of real incidents though and there have even been a few tornadoes thrown in there as well. I know the importance of having a record of who is there...and who isn't.