My heart rate may never be the same again….

My daughter and I went for a lovely walk today – up to the local shops, then popped in to visit ‘’Nanna’’, then a slide and a swing on playground around the corner…then my ‘’Poppit” scooted ahead of me, as I strolled along behind watching her having a lovely time. I walked along dreamily and approaching the corner, thinking that she was hiding just out of sight, to trick me…I called…no answer…then again…and then, it hit me – panic, frantic thoughts.

Oh my God – where is she? Has someone taken her…I’m calling and then I’m out on the road for a better view, looking everywhere she could be…did she cross the road without me? Is she hiding in the bushes to trick me? My brain was in a frazzle…then a police car drove by – perhaps I should flag it down…God where is she? 

I looked again up the footpath…no sign of her…every thought of life without my darling girl was filled with utter misery…even worse, if someone had snatched her – what dreadful things – unthinkable… GOD where is she? 

Calling, calling…voice now desperate…then there she was…calmly, quietly scootering back to me…oblivious of my ‘’worst nightmare’’ state.

I went over and hugged her and cried…telling her how much I love her… we walked home.

My heart rate may never be the same again….

I am not an overly protective parent, although I sense, I’ve had an injection of vigilance! 

As if that wasn’t enough to learn from….I am challenged also, to apply this lesson to every area of my life.

 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.” 1 Cor 16:13 

“..being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” Philippians 1:6

One response to “My heart rate may never be the same again….

  1. Thank God everything turned out well. I remember years back when my husband and I were at the mall together I had my infant daughter in the stroller and my other two daughters went into the store with my husband. I told my husband I was just going to stand at the entrance and wait. Well, something caught my eye and I decided to check it out. When I came back I saw my husband walking alone. I said, where are the girls, he said they are with you. I said, no they’re not, they went in with you. He said, they wanted to be with you so I let them go by themselves to the entrance where I thought you’d be standing. My heart sank! We went through the mall searching for them. It just so happened to be a time where a man had kidnapped a girl in the mall by changing her clothes so of course the enemy was putting all aweful things in my mind. We went to the information desk and no one had seen them. So, we continued searching for them when we saw a police officer walking up the hallway with my two girls. I sighed with great relief. The policeman said the girls were alone on the little playground and he was bringing them to the information booth. We were so grateful, thanking God for the safety of our children
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