The Stray Bullet
Sometimes you think that you have a very clear memory of something that happened to you as a baby, but some things you remember were really placed in your memory by the accounts of people telling you the story as you grow older. I am not alone. We all have our share of this kind of memory. I was probably a ten-month-old baby when this happened, but I grew up seeing the mark of the bullet on the doorframe. It was too real for me. It wasn’t only by the account of people that I remember this incident of G-d’s protection.
Somebody had come to get me from my crib, after I woke up crying. At the same time, across the street, a neighbor, a police chief no less, was having a party at his house and was drinking beyond a reasonable amount. He stepped outside and, pointing his gun to the sky, fired a shot. On his second shot he lost his balance, and the bullet came straight through the window of the bedroom where I had been sleeping. The person taking care of me picked me up and, without knowing, had a split second to turn me around and keep the bullet from hitting my head. Her ear was grazed by that bullet that went through the hallway and exited through a closed door in the front of the house.
As I was growing up, whenever I looked at the marks on the frame of the window and on the doorpost, I knew a miracle had happened and that the Angels of the Lord had sprung into action to protect me from what clearly was an attack from the enemy of our souls. As a child, maybe my mind could not grasp the greatness of what had taken place, or how bad things could have been. In a split second, I could have perished. A baby killed by a stray bullet. How tragic. But G-d had a different plan. As a grown woman, I know the Lord, in his faithfulness, turned the plans of the enemy upside down and spared my life, so He could be glorified and honored and exalted! I don’t take my life for granted. I thank G-d for every day I wake up to see the sunrise once again. G-d sustains me and gives me one beautiful day at a time. There are days that don’t look so beautiful; there are times when it looks like the enemy will prevail, but God has a promise for us in His word: No weapon made will prevail against you. (Isaiah 54:17). I have decided that I will not live one single day if it is not in His presence. His way of protection is much better than humankind could ever come up with.
How has God protected you, my friend? Can you recall a moment when you can clearly see that G-d went out of His way to protect you? Or maybe you didn’t even notice. But one day, when we stand before Him, we will see the many times when his glorious angels were summoned by Him, to take us under their wings. I want to thank you, Lord! Thank you for your protection! I praise you today, Adonai! For the many ways that you show your love and care for me. I worship you, my King and Redeemer!!
Debbie Buffone's complete story is included in Stories of Roaring Faith, Volume 3. She is an amazing woman, who loves God and people. She is a great Volunteer for Roaring Lambs, a facilitator for the Testimony Workshops, handles social media, and helps with data entry. Most of all, she is a servant of our Lord.
As Christians, we called of God to be gentle as lambs, yet be like lions roaring the truth of an extraordinary God. We are told to, “Declare God’s glory among the nations, His marvelous deeds among all peoples. Tell of all His wonderful acts. Tell of the power of God’s awesome works.” We are told to roar about God; we really are born to roar.
Are you ready to share what God has done for you? If someone asked, “How do you know Jesus is real?” How would you answer?
Once I prayed and asked God to show me the missed opportunities to share Him with others in one day—the open doors of conversation, when it would have been easy to say something about God. It was one of the most painful experiences I’ve ever had.
He said to me:
“Oops, you missed that one. “
“Oh, there goes another opportunity…”
“You could have said …”
“She needed that word from you, that you didn’t give her…”
So now, I try to stay ahead of the opportunities, being more aware of those moments when I can share something about God, His Word, His love, mercy, forgiveness, the power of prayer, or a personal experience I have had with God. Times when I can roar about God.
People need to see the reality of God in other lives. They might not go to church or read the Bible, but they will listen to someone share how they know God is real. We have Testimony Workshops to help Christians put together their story for God’s glory. It is also the reason we have the radio show, A Time to Dream, to help Christians share their story with the world through short wave radio and the Internet. It is why we publish Stories of Roaring Faith, which is a great collection of testimonies.
What are you doing to Roar? Can Roaring Lambs help you be better prepared to give the reason for the hope that you have?
One way to roar is to write a Guest Blog for Roaring Lambs, 500 words or less, containing at least one Scripture, roaring about God. Do it now and email us at info@RoaringLambs.org
BIO: Donna Skell is the Executive Director for Roaring Lambs Ministry. Donna oversees all Roaring Lambs events and Bible studies, and she co-hosts an international radio show called, “A Time to Dream” heard on various radio networks. Donna especially enjoys speaking to ladies groups, churches, and retreats. Her rich Jewish heritage and her study of God's Word enhance her insight into the issues involved in Christian faith and living. In addition to her work with Roaring Lambs, Donna also serves on the Fellowship of Professional Women Board, the Christian Women in Media Advisory Committee, and the Collin County Christian Prayer Breakfast Committee.
Published on Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 9:07 AM CDT
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