The city of Miami was booked solid with not one available hotel room as the city was hosting an international boat regatta and a Jackie Gleason golf tournament in the same week.
I was scheduled to do a Teacher Training Seminar for one of the large Miami Christian Bookstores so sought out a place to stay before evening.
Finally, a couple I had known for sometime invited me, warning he had a bug, but that I was welcome. My friend had been an F.B.I. agent for many years, but had resigned and was helping his wife in her business. Their lovely home in Coral Gables was beautifully located with orange and lemon trees abounding.
After the seminar ended I returned to their home and was ushered to my room.
Lying on top of the chest was a hand gun and he stated, "There is one in every room!" Things are rough here right now and I still have threats!" I prayed not tonight!
I had told my host I had an early flight to the Bahamas and would leave about 5 A.M. which was fine.
By now, he was sure he had the flu, so I told them I would just slip out the next morning. They told me how to operate the alarm switch to let me out of the house and then to reactivate it with a switch outside that was hidden behind a large shrub.
The next morning while darkness still covered Miami, I went through the routine as I left-- I thought!
A few days later I returned to Miami with the flu and was able to get a room near the airport. I phoned my friends to thank them for their kindness at which time they learned I was ill with his bug.
He laughed and said, "It serves you right. You left the alarm set and in minutes after you left the house, every system in the place went off. I though it was the end."
We laughed. I regretted my error and he regretted giving me his sickness.
Both of us, being believers, are still waiting for another sound. “And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds…….” Matthew 24:31