Saturday, December 3, 2011

Don't Shoot

Psalm 56:3-4  When I am afraid, I will trust in you.  In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?

     Have you ever been held at gunpoint by the police?  Hopefully not but I have. When I read this verse, I think mortal man could have made a mistake and shot me.  I trust tho that God's hand of protection was over me then and now.
     So I'm sure you are curious as to what the heck I was doing. Well while living in Dallas newly married, we couldn't afford a monthly car payment. I don't remember how we found this guy but he arranged an agreement to lease our car to another couple.  They would take over the payments but we would still own it.  The lease said they couldn't take it outside of Texas.  Somehow we found out they had moved to Louisiana. So in the dark of the night, unannounced, we drove to Lousiana and drove the car back. We didn't want a confrontation so we didn't tell the other couple what we were doing.  Everything seemed to go fine.  Until the next day, when we were on our way to the store.  If you're familiar with the cloverleaf exit in front of Six Flags, that's where we got pulled over.  It was unbelievable to say the least!!!  2 cops cars and rifles pointed  at us.  Over the megaphone they said, 'Put your hands on your head.'  Thankfully I was stronger at this point in my life but I was still afraid my right arm would slip off my head and they'd shoot me.  They had Marc get out with his hands in the air then cuffed him.  He told them I couldn't get out like that.  The car had been reported stolen but he explained the situation and that the lease agreement was in the glove compartment.  So a police officer came to my side of the car to look for it.  He asked me if there were any weapons in the car?  Well I didn't want to get caught in a lie and I knew we had a pistol-looking beebe gun in one of our identical cars but I couldn't remember if it was in the green one or the red one.  So I said, 'I don't know.'  We got hauled off to the police station for a couple of hours where we got it all straightened out.  No charges but they gave us a strong suggestion of talking to the people next time.
     Aren't we thankful for God's protection throughout all of our lives?  Yes because no one is numb from being young and dumb.