As a young child growing up, my parents always taught my sisters and me to be aware of our surroundings. I remember our mom talking to us about discernment, and knowing when God was alerting us to situations that weren’t good. That always stuck with me. And now, as a mother myself, I have taught our children the same thing.
I want to share a story with you.
About 15 years ago, I was out shopping with my sister, Sister Lisa Meador. My oldest son was a little over 2 years old at the time, and my middle son was just a baby. We split up in the store, and I had my oldest in the shopping cart with me, and Lisa had my little one with her.
Right away, I noticed this man. He didn’t have a shopping cart, and he was aimlessly walking down every aisle I was in. I had this bad feeling about him, and my alert radar was high. As I continued to try to shop, I kept an eye out for this guy. But, I didn’t have to look very far, because he kept coming near where I was.
I followed the prompting that tugged on my heart, knowing it was God. I found my sister, and I could tell by the look on her face, the man was doing the same thing to her. That’s one wonderful thing about sisters — sometimes, you don’t even have to say a word.
We were standing together in the same aisle, and the man just so happened to come down our aisle acting suspicious. He pretended he was looking for something and then walked away.
I looked at my sister; she looked at me; my toddler looked at both of us. He held up his tiny little finger, pointed in the direction that man went, and said, “That is a very bad man.”
Instant chills covered both of us as we knew that God just confirmed what we were feeling, through my innocent little boy. We left our carts, picked up the boys, and got out of there as fast as we could, never looking back.
God protected the four of us that day. It brings tears to my eyes how amazing He is and how He works!
When God tells us to do something, we need to follow that prompting. Just like we did in this situation, and so many that have arisen in life. Look around today … at where our world is. Scriptures are unfolding. Things are happening. And just like my story of feeling that tug on my heart, and knowing He was trying to tell me something, we need to be listening like that today.
When He tells us to drop everything, not look back, and follow Him, we need to go! When that trumpet sounds, we need to be listening so we can hear His voice!
“But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.” (Proverbs 1:33)
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