As I stood in the grocery line patiently waiting to be serviced next in Kroger’s grocery store, I began to drift as I noticed a 8X10 piece of paper plastered on sign that reported a young child missing. It was a young hispanic girl, about 10 years old with long brunette hair. I mourned for this child. I prayed earnestly for her return as I looked into her starry eyes in the picture from where I stood. From my view her child innocence played out as a figment of my imagination, and I slowly began to imagine her as a current memory to her family and friends. “How heartbreaking?” I thought. I was heartbroken that yet again, another child went missing in our local community. I began to think about her circumstance, and how she may have felt at that moment. I imagined her kidnapper and what he could be doing to this young girl…I imagined her pain and tears of confusion. Was I being pessimistic? Or was I veering so deeply into the prophetic that I could actually touch and sense this young girl? Her circumstance touched me as I began to think about my own life and how I once was almost kidnapped. I remember that day plainly. Ironically, I was able to discern danger, and God rescued me.
I was attending The Art Institute of Dallas and had just finished class. I didn’t have transportation so I often caught the train that was in walking distance from the university. It was hot summer day. The sweat from my skin grabbed my clothing as I walked towards the train station. I got to the train station and sat on a bench. I was in such a depressed state at that time of my life. I was trying to understand my value and existence and it showed on my face. I often walked with my head down and a sad countenance. I would assume that I appeared to be vulnerable and easily targeted, because as I looked up I noticed a man staring at me. I couldn’t help but notice him staring. He had tan skin and dark hair; strangely he wore a read eskimo-like suit as if it wasn’t 80 degrees outside. I couldn’t understand why he had that suit on in the Texas weather we were experiencing. I glanced at him for a second and looked away. I felt his stare piercing me so I looked back at him, only to notice that he was still staring. He was quite unusual, and a sense of fear came upon me. The way he stared at me—words can’t describe the wrath I felt as I apprehensively stared at his dark eyes. He wanted to hurt me, and for some reason I sensed that and because I sensed it, I immediately thought that when the train came to walk as fast as I could to the front of the train so that he wouldn’t have any way to get close to me to harm me. I anticipated the trains arrival because as I got up to move, he also moved to follow me. At that point, I knew that he was after me to harm me. All of this happen quietly, as many people moved around as life happened, I didn’t think to scream help or run without completely making a fool of myself, even though I sensed danger. The train finally came, I walked quickly to the front of the bus, and noticed the man rushing through the crowd to follow me. I jumped on the train and walked as fast as I could to the front of the train. I looked back hoping that he wouldn’t catch up with me. I anticipated my stop and was anxious to get off the train, hoping that the man had possibly forgotten me.
My stop finally came. I jumped off the train and began to walk fast. I looked back and saw the man in the red eskimo-like suit jump off the train to follow me! I was in shock and couldn’t believe it! My heart almost jumped out of my chest when I saw him. For some odd reason I was too afraid to run because if I ran I knew that he would catch up with me. I began to think about the long distance from the train station to my home and how long it usually takes me to walk home. I couldn’t imagine dealing with the fear that this man was after my life. I kept looking back as I watched him move at my pace, he had something in his hand, but I couldn’t recognize it. I only assumed that it was a weapon to harm me. I was in tears. I couldn’t believe that I was in such a frightening situation, and I didn’t think that I would make it all the way home. I was growing tired and ironically no cars passed on my street. I was hoping for some sign of life that someone would come and rescue me from death or rape. No one showed up. I was sweating and hyperventilating from my thoughts. I was out of breath and hadn’t realized how far I walked from the train station. I looked back and noticed the distance of the man. He was still following me with aggressive steps. I finally got to the entrance of my apartment complex and at that point I was no longer visible to him so I ran. I ran like my life depended on it and ended up at the doorstep of my apartment. I collapsed with sweat and tears streaming down my face. I was so afraid, but was so thankful that God didn’t allow the enemy’s trap to succeed that day!
I thought about this experience as I waited in the line at the grocery store that day. (All of the above transpired from my memory within 1min.) I then began to think about us as children of God in the Kingdom, and how sometimes the temptations of life will allow us to get kidnapped by the enemy. He’ll sneak in at our vulnerable and weak moments (exactly what happened to me) and try to attack us! Sometimes, we have to learn to run away from the abductor Lucifer! He tries to snatch us from the Kingdom of God and rob us of our blessings! He has mastered how to kidnap the children of God’s peace, joy, and sometimes life! He waits for an opportune time to attack us!
13 Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.
Being able to discern those moments is critical for our escape!
1 Corinthians 10:13
13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
We have to learn to stand and not allow our vulnerable moments to aid the enemy in our abduction from the Kingdom of God into darkness.
When we drift away from the things of God, we are drifting into a dark place of hidden agendas of Lucifer (Temptation)!
Yet, but a moment! Yet but a moment are we in this abducted place! Satan may try to kidnap our minds, our peace, our joy, but he cannot have our SOUL! We have to take a stand on that and trust that God is our protector and will go into battle for our sake! We have been adopted as joint heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17) which makes it illegal for the Devil to abduct us!
Just as that day the enemy tried to take my life and destroy my destiny, I stood even though I had not formed an authentic relationship with God. I stood my ground and did not allow my vulnerable moment to aid the enemy into abduction or death. I was alert and aware. The word declares that being alert is critical
1 Peter 5:8-9
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because[a] your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
I can only imagine what would have happened if I was not alert to my surroundings and did not see or discern this man’s agenda.
Ask yourself? What is my current state? Adoption or Abduction?