First “On-Line” Home Security System
by Dan Cummins
were computers and the internet to connect our homes and cars with state of the art devices to security companies that monitor our property twenty-four
hours a day seven days a week, we had to rely upon more ingenious ways to
protect our possessions and give us some peace of mind while we slept.
t was 1959. Our next door neighbor was a fireman. He worked four days
on and four
days off. His wife Frances was always frightened of staying home at
night by herself.
So she came up with probably the first “on-line” home security
She took some heavy cord and tied it from door to window, window to
then window to door throughout every room in the house until there was
entrance that wasn’t connected to the cord. Then at every door
and window she tied
at least two or three pots and pans together “on-line.”
Now if anyone tried to break
in during the night the pots and pans would rattle, scare off the intruder
and wake her
up so she could call the police on her rotary dial phone complete with
That night Frances went to sleep with the greatest assurance that she
was safe and
sound from any prowler.
Frances had this little Boston terrier named Bubbles. While Frances
was finally getting
a good night’s sleep, Bubbles discovered her master’s hardware
and decided to
download the system and go “on-line” and surf. Bubbles surfed
on-line all night long.
The next morning Frances woke from a restful sleep to find pots and
on the floor throughout her entire house. They had all been booted off
Bubbles was the first hacker. Frances had slept the entire night through
heard a thing.
Security and peace of mind for our future comes from putting our trust
and confidence in something greater than ourselves. Unfortunately, like Frances, many
of us put our trust in systems that really cannot provide the protection they promise. Last October many woke up to find their 401k’s and stocks scattered
all over Wall Street’s floor. They had gone to bed the night before feeling
good about their financial future. I’m not saying it’s wrong to invest in the market,
to have OnStar in your car or your home connected to a security system. It is a wise person
who plans for the future. The Bible encourages us to do so. However, the reality is that any system of man can fail. We can plan,
but ultimately we have to put our trust and confidence in God alone. Life insurance
is a good thing, but Blessed Assurance is a sure thing. Health insurance we need but
for Divine health we plead.
As the old hymn states, “Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just
to take Him at His word,
just to rest upon His promise, just to know, thus saith the Lord. Jesus,
Jesus, how I
trust Him, how I’ve proved Him over and o’er…”Real peace of mind and confidence for the future comes from putting your faith in Jesus Christ. For I know the One in whom I trust, and I am sure that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until the day of His return. ” 2 Timothy 1:12.