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When I was a very young adult, unmarried, I worked for a job that took me almost an hour to get there each day. About five minutes after I left work, I waited at a red light. Even in the dark, I felt eyes on me.
When I glanced to my right, a middle aged, plain looking man met my gaze. I didn’t think much about it and drove on as soon as the light turned green. Immediately after, he changed to the lane behind me, and I noticed his uncommon boxed shaped headlights.
Thoughts from my day swirled in my brain, and I sang along with the radio. Then almost at the halfway point home, I guided my car into the double left turn lane. Square headlights followed, and I remembered the middle aged man. For a second I wondered if he…? But no, I immediately dismissed the silly idea since hundreds of cars took that same route between towns.
- Sped up, he trailed
- Slowed down, he tailed
- Changed lanes, he tracked
After 10 minutes of that, my body shook; I had a first class stalker!
My mind froze, my tires drove. I couldn’t formulate a plan and yet the minutes kept passing.
I argued with myself as my neighborhood neared, and against all reason, I continued my course straight for home.
Help Me, God! I’m Scared!
With panicked fingers, I clutched my phone, and remembered he couldn’t see what I was dialing in the dark. Beyond thankful that my parents were home, I nearly shouted when they answered. Finally, my words spilled into coherence, and I shared a condensed version of the situation. My dad was on his way to help me!
I was almost to my street, but determined that he wouldn’t learn where I lived. I quickly turned into a street that housed a quiet row of townhouses. That was a mistake; I didn’t know the area well. When he tried to block me in a corner, I screamed and my eyes darted back and forth for an escape route.
He realizes I know! There! There’s an outlet!
I sped back onto the main road; the chase continued.
As I passed my house, I saw my dad running to his car. I prayed he saw me heading toward the cul-de-sac. When I reached it and turned my car around, I stopped face-to-face with haunting box shaped headlights. A moment later, my dad arrived in his car and cut the guy off from following me.
My dad was my hero that day. He stopped the guy under the guise of neighborhood watch and demanded to know what he was doing. The man who stalked me for 30 miles protested:
“I was just going to talk to her! I just wanted to have some fun!”
My mom called 911. The police advised me to head to the nearest shopping center and they would meet me inside the grocery store. But I didn’t feel safe until I was home again with my vehicle hidden in the garage.
God Is for Us
Ever since that day, I keep my eyes peeled whenever I’m out in public.
The truth is, I don’t want my spiritual self to be in danger anymore than my physical body. That’s why I need to have the right heart attitudes and be vigilant like 1 Peter 5:8 says. The enemy of my soul is perpetually stalking and trying to enslave me.
But God is for us!
When His people are in bondage to sin or addiction, He grieves. And trust me, He’s much more grieved than He is angry. The Word says repeatedly that God is slow to anger.
The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” Exodus 34:6 ESV
Our God is kind! And it’s His kindness that leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4).
The Lord is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His deeds. Psalm 145:17 (NAS)
Remember in my story above when I took a turn that almost got me stuck? The Father’s got you. Even if you do the wrong thing while trying to be free.
When you call on God, He will run to your rescue. He will cut off the danger and bring you to safety. That’s what freedom in Christ looks like.When you call on God, He will run to your rescue. He will cut off the danger and bring you to safety. That’s what freedom in Christ looks like. #FruitOfFreedom #BloggerVoicesNetwork
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