God Never Leaves You By Yourself

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
July 10, 2014

God has a way of allowing us to be in the right place at the right time. I was walking down a dimly lit street late one evening when I heard muffled screams coming from behind a clump of bushes. Alarmed, I slowed down to listen, and panicked when I realized that what I was hearing were the unmistakable sounds of a struggle: heavy grunting,frantic scuffling, and tearing of fabric. Only yards from where I stood, a woman was being attacked. Should I get involved? I was frightened for my own safety, and cursed myself for having suddenly decided to take a new route home that night. What if I became another statistic? Shouldn’t I just run to the nearest phone and call the police?

Although it seemed an eternity, the deliberations in my head had taken only seconds, but already the girl’s cries were growing weaker. I knew I had to act fast. How could I walk away from this? No, I finally resolved, I could not turn my back on the fate of this unknown woman, even if it meant risking my own life.

I am not a brave man, nor am I athletic. I don’t know where I found the moral courage and physical strength—but once I had finally resolved to help the girl, I became strangely transformed. I ran behind the bushes and pulled the assailant off the woman. Grappling, we fell to the ground, where we wrestled for a few minutes until the attacker jumped up and escaped.

Panting hard, I scrambled upright and approached the girl, who was crouched behind a tree, sobbing. In the darkness, I could barely see her outline, but I could certainly sense her trembling shock. Not wanting to frighten her further, I at first spoke to her from a distance.

“It’s OK,” I said soothingly. “The man ran away. You’re safe now.” There was a long pause and then I heard the words, uttered in wonder, in amazement.

“Dad, is that you?” And then, from behind the tree, stepped my youngest daughter, Katherine.

 

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12 comments
  1. gr0wnup said:

    Beautiful lesson…We aren’t aware of miracles waiting to be unveiled until we step out in faith.

  2. Ok, I just read the link posted by wisediscerner. Possibly the story is an urban legend, possibly not. We’ll probably never know. In any case, the lesson is applicable and I’m glad I read it.

  3. Oh my. Didn’t see that one coming. Reminds me of how my heavenly Father is ALWAYS there when I need Him.

  4. Oh my. this took my breath & provoked all kinds of thoughts & emotions…and makes me wonder what we miss when we could have done something but didn’t. thank you for sharing this. Wow.

  5. Above you commented… Author unknown – Please comment if you know the author so that the credit can be given… Well, I Googled the story and this is what came up “http://www.snopes.com/glurge/safe.asp” , thought you might be interested in reading it.

  6. Folasayo Falola said:

    This is such a touching story…

  7. No doubt there were other potential rescuers who could have been called on to ‘just happen’ to be in the right placed at the right time but this one had a particular lesson to learn.

  8. Reblogged this on Carly'z Corner and commented:
    This is an amazing story, to show how God can give you “power beyond what is normal” if you just take courage and do His will.

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