Is the world getting more dangerous? Are criminals getting more brazen? Are we so soft on them that they feel they can do whatever they want, whenever they want? Personally, I have had it with them all.
In the last two weeks, I have stopped to different crimes. Oh now, I'm not in the least a willing participant in crime stopping. I'd rather there not be any crime. It just so happened, that I was in the right place at the right time to see the crime in action and do something about it.
The first one was while I was at home. I was in my living room, in the middle of the day, when I noticed two men walking down my street. Not an unusual sight, I live on a river surrounded by parks, so people are always around. But, these two were not right. I watched them cross in front of my house and when they got in front of my neighbors home, they sped up, like a fire had been lite underneath them both. One went to the front door, the other went around to the back.
Now, sometimes I second guess myself, but, this time I knew "this ain't right." So, while watching them I called the police. I had quit the adrenaline rush going. It felt good to see the bad guys getting caught. Well, sort of. The police got there in time to only find one and he was leaning on a tree at the river when they found him. They padded him down and I watched as they let him go on his way. The police told me that they know that he was up to no good. But, he had no warrants and he would not let them search his pockets. How irritating is that.
Then, yesterday, I went over to a store. When I was leaving I saw two men harassing an elderly man in his car. One was yelling at him and then stood in front of his car so he could not leave. The elderly man was not taking all this in stride, he was telling them off, but, looking quite frightened. I started to pull my car out thinking, "OH, please. Can't I just go on home." But, NO. I go and pull up beside the commotion and roll my window down -just a little. "Hey, leave him alone" was my brave command. What a look I got. The phrase "your dead lady" comes to mind. What they did instead was to come after me. But, of course, this was my plan all along. Not really, but it makes good reading. When they decided that I would be good pickings, the elderly man drove off and when he got free, I got free and ran home to tell my husband what an idiot I am.
A few years back, I got the honor of hearing Mark Bubeck speak. He was amazing. When he took a break,he came over and sat down in front of me and shared with me what God had told him about myself. One of the things he talk in length about was Psalm 91. He told me that God wanted me to memorize it and keep it dear to my heart.
1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust."
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you make the Most High your dwelling—
even the LORD, who is my refuge-
10 then no harm will befall you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
and show him my salvation
I do keep this Psalms close to my heart. I believe every word of it. It is a chapter of the Word of God to be kept dear to the hearts of all Christians in this, the end of days. There is much cruelty in this place and we need to stand firm on the promises of God. Although I stand on this incredible Psalm, I do not walk into stopping a crime thinking I will not be hurt. Actually, I don't think I did much thinking at all. Have wisdom about those things that will soon be in all of our lives, but, understand that whatever road God takes you down is the right road and you will not be hurt. You will survive to see the Glorious Maker of the universe.