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You want room 241, the desk clerk said, upstairs and down the hall. 241 was directly above 142. My backup officer (an officer who does not walk with our Savior), having cleared his call, now joined me as I walked toward the correct room.
A lean and muscular young man answered the door. May I come in and talk with you for a moment? The young man answered NO with his eyes, but a hesitant SURE from his mouth. We stepped inside. Ill come directly to the point. Theres a large, angry man downstairs waiting to discuss a matter of $500.00 with you. It scares me what he might be capable of doing and I hope he scares you too. He has reason to believe you took his money and he has every intention of coming in here and finding it for himself. Its his rent and food money and he has no more. Put the money in my hand right now if you have it and well call this matter closed.
His eyes tracked quickly to my gunbelt. My hand moved to the grip of my sidearm as I read the panic in his face. Lord dont let him go for a gun, I prayed silently. He turned away and his hand disappeared inside the top drawer of the desktop next to him. My fingers tightened around the grip of my pistol as he withdrew his hand. The suspect turned toward me, pointing his wallet at my chest.
Take the money out and put it in my hand, it was hard to keep my voice from shaking. He lowered his head in shame and pulled out five new one hundred dollar bills and placed them in the palm of my hand.
Lord dont let him go for a gun, I prayed silently.|
I was praying that I would get my money back.
Then you have just seen how Jesus answers prayers, in fact he just answered three. I prayed too that you would get your money back. I also asked Him to keep everyone calm and earlier today I asked the Lord to bring me just one person that I could tell about Him today. Guess what? I asked, Youre it.
We spoke of Jesus love for him for a few minutes when I felt the Lord impress upon me one more thing to share with him. Jesus tells us that we must forgive those that do us wrong and He would have you forgive the man that took your money. The 6'5" 300+ pound man started to weep openly.
That was excellent police work Sarge, my backup officer said as I turned to walk back to my cruiser.
Jim, that was excellent police work only in that Jesus Christ gives us the power and strength to make it excellent. What you just saw my friend is the power of prayer and the grace of Jesus. Jim got back into his car and drove away. Silent. Wondering. The Lord, I believe, working in his life as well.
Sharing this story with one of our Police Chaplains a few days later, I learned that the victim and his wife have long practiced a belief that does not recognize our Savior. A member of the Chaplains church however has been witnessing to them both for some time. We were both thankful and amazed at how the Lord uses each of us for His purpose, all in different ways and at different times, but for one common goal; to share the good news of salvation that can only come through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
How important it is that we not miss the opportunities to share our Savior and His message with those that are lost. Be bold and confident knowing that He is with you always and in all things. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us that if you trust in the Lord with all your heart and dont rely on your understanding and if you acknowledge Him in all things, that ...He will guide your path. Remember, there is great rejoicing in Heaven when just one is saved.
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