Wednesday, October 22, 2014
So Thankful For HIS Watch, Care, and Protection
No wordless Wednesday this week folks! I have to stop right now and publicly give praise to my heavenly father for HIS watch, care, and protection for me this morning.
I decided that after I completed a 30 minute run, I would take my bike out for a spin. It's been almost 3 weeks since I rode it, and I just felt like I needed the extra exercise.
I pulled out my driveway, and took a left, just as I have done countless times over the past 2 months. I went down to the end of the road, took another left, onto a main road, and went one mile to take another left on a cutover road.
The cutover road is a mile, maybe 2 mile long country road. On either side are fields, or woods.
I came up to the last field on this road, and heard a buzzing sound. I looked to my left and saw a very low flying, black helicopter. A VERY strange site for this back woods community.
I proceeded down the end of this cutover road, and got on another main road, that has me taking a left at the end of it, to get home.
I came to some bridges that are very close to the end of this main road, and noticed a stopped vehicle in a driveway coming up on my right. I kept pedaling, and just a little bit before I came up to this driveway, the vehicle pulled out and headed my direction
I noticed they were slowing down, and right before I passed them they waved their hand out the window for me to stop.
I didn't stop to begin with. I didn't recognize this vehicle, and I'm kind of paranoid when it comes to slow moving vehicles when I'm out biking alone. But something told me to stop.
The man in the vehicle said, "I'm not trying to scare you, but you need to be warned there is a man hunt going on up the road". He said some people tried to break into a house, and the police were searching for them.
I thanked him for letting me know, and took off. My head was spinning. I didn't know whether I should keep going, or stop at someone's house to call my in-laws to come get me.
I picked up my cell phone to call Justin while still pedaling, to see that he had called me just a little bit before.
I dialed his number, but got no answer.
I heard the helicopter again, and saw it off to the right. With my head spinning and unsure of what to do, I reached the stop sign to turn left for home, and kept pedaling.
And pedal, did I do.
Terrified that someone might jump out of the woods after me, I was booking it.
I don't think I have EVER biked that mile so fast before. Or prayed so hard for protection either.
Praise the LORD, I made it home safely, with legs and lungs burning.
Justin returned my call 15 minutes after I was safe inside. He had been in a meeting, and was unable to reach the phone when I called him back.
I asked him why he had called. He was checking to see if I was planning on biking that day, and to let me know that it would be wise not to. (His boss/cousin received news of the incident and manhunt, and told Justin about it)
I laughed and said "Babe, I was riding my bike when you called, and I had the scare of my life!".
I praise GOD right now for getting me safely home. Whoever the police were searching for, could have easily been hiding along the road, ready to jump an unsuspecting passerby.
I prayed for the LORD to give my legs wings to get me home quickly, and HE did. And I am SOOO... thankful for that. :)
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!