Deuteronomy 31:6 Do not be afraid or terrifed because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. 31:8 The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
I had been studying 1 Samuel before I went on my walk so I am not sure why I had written these verses down before I went for my early morning walk in our neighborhood. I had gone 15 min. out so that I would have a 30 min. walk. As I walked I sang the above verses. I didn’t meet many people so I really didn’t really care what they thought as I walked with my cell phone in one hand to keep track of the time (my watch had bit the dust several months ago and I have gotten along without it.) I prayed as I walked. I went near Nuhu’s house. He is
When I got back from my walk
I took off knowing I had plenty of time to walk this short distance. I took off in the direction of the local junior high. As I walked by I saw some girls snickering and laughing and it seemed they were laughing at me. I wasn’t sure why as I was modestly dressed (no head covering but in this area it wasn’t necessary.) I couldn’t figure out what they had found so funny but I kept walking. (Maybe it was my new black CROC sandals I was wearing!) As I got to the back wall of the Nigerian Embassy I made a decision to cut across a millet field. The millet has been harvested already so there were only small stalks in the field. As I walked across the field following a path made by others, I noticed a boy of about 11 or 12 walking parallel to me on my left. I had my cell phone in the stop watch mode in my right hand and I had my carry-all bag on my left shoulder. I asked him, “What are you doing!” He repeated, “What are you doing.” He had a weird look in his eyes like some of the crazy people we see around town. He put his hand into his pocket and he pulled out a sling shot. He had it loaded and aimed at my head! “Give me your cell phone!” I said, “No, I’m not giving you anything!” “Give me your cell phone!” “NO!” I didn’t want to do anything that would cause this boy to get violent. But I wasn’t about to give him the team leader cell phone either. I began to call someone at the SIL center and all I got was “Your person is not available!” By this time the boy just kind of disappeared and I kept walking until I got to the paved road. All I could do was thank the Lord for his protection. Soon I was at the Center safe and sound! As I have shared this story with others I have had various reactions! “You should have just slapped him!” “That way is a dangerous way.” “There are lots of little cell phone thieves around. You shouldn’t carry your cell phone in plain sight.”