The way of the fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice” Proverbs 12:15

It was a beautiful afternoon in Los Angeles and I was walking home after school from the bus stop. I decided to walk a different way home than what my mother suggested, because I believed it was faster. I knew that this way was closer, because I was sixteen years old and I knew more than my mother. After ten minutes of walking, I realized that this way was a terrible choice because a creepy man was following me in his car.

I began to walk faster. The way I chose was on a very isolated street, a kidnapper’s ideal situation. No houses were on the street and people did not drive on the street often. The way my mom suggested was through the neighborhood, loaded with homes. I would hear him drive up and then slow down and he would roll down his window and look at me in a way that would make all the hair on the back of one’s neck stand up, then he would speed off. As I came up on my street, I noticed a little boy playing basketball. He lived on the corner. I didn’t see the creep, so I ran across the boy’s lawn. Then out of the corner of my eye, I saw the guy driving by again. I stopped and pretended to have dropped something on the lawn. I knew I could not let him see where I lived. I looked at him again and he drove off. I ran back to the boy playing basketball. I said, “Please help me a man has been following me”. He ran and got his mom. His mom came out and saw me crying. Her son told her what was going on and she invited me inside and let me call the police. She told me she would walk me home and make sure that he would not hurt me. We walked across the street to my door and watched me go inside. She said, “lock that door and you are safe now”. I am not sure if the police found him, but he never came around again. I also made sure, I didn’t walk that way, ever.  Lesson learned, listen to your mother and carry pepper spray!

I believe this happens with us and our relationship with Jesus. He warns us about sin and how it will destroy us. We think, “well everyone is doing it” or “a little bit won’t hurt if I do this some of the time”. We will be forgiven when we repent our sins, but our blessings will be hindered if we don’t wise up and listen to Him. This event happened over 20 years ago, but I still thank the Lord that He kept me safe.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Forgive me for not trusting your will for my life.  Remind me that you know what is best for me. Thank you for the life you planned for me. Give me strength to run the race of this life.  I am grateful that you are the Wonderful Counselor. In Jesus’ Name. AMEN!