Friday, January 2, 2015

Thieves in Waiting

Thieves break through and steal
The year was 1985 and we had just moved to our new mansion on the hill overlooking the Pleasanton valley.  A gate at the bottom of the long steep winding road, opened with a special lock. 

Residents with the combination to the gate were free to enter, and of course visitors, service workers, utility employees and the police.

Because of the steep road, not many people were given permits to build on this lush mountain top.  It took a special meeting with the city council and a convincing speech by Robert to secure our permit.

Our Realtor friend, said, “My son and his friend will do some landscaping for you at a reasonable price.” The two young teen age boys worked hard and soon our front yard became a charming show place.

A few weeks later, on a Sunday morning, while we were away at church; we had a surprise break in. 
Our bedroom window had been pried open, and many small items such as jewelry, watches, a coin collection, guns, cameras, binoculars, radios, and other items were taken. 

It did not take long to itemize several thousand dollars worth to report to the insurance company.

The police questioned us about those who might have had access to our gated community; and we thought of the two landscaping boys.

Time passed and one afternoon, a Police Detective arrived and told us the thieves had been caught, but alas, most of our goods had already been sold.  He handed me a photograph and asked if we recognized the young boy.

I took the photo noting a name and address on the back, and exited the room saying, “I will be right back.” 

Taking up a pen and paper, I jotted down the boy’s name and address, thinking, “I will send the boy a letter with some Bible verses,” but I changed my mind and decided to allow the police to do their punishment.

Soon after that robbery we installed a security system !!

In life it pays to keep a mental and spiritual security system that alerts you when the burglar of all thieves is trying to steal from you.  Keep in tune with the Holy Spirit's voice.

There are many things that try to steal our joy, our patience and our peace of mind - - if we permit them to do so.  Don’t allow negative thoughts to torment you about your past or the uncertainty of your future.

Old Satan is known as the thief and the father of liars.  He slips around trying to steal our health, our wealth and our Faith by his cunning procedures.  He is like the animal that steals and leaves you with a gift. 

Satan robs and leaves behind, fear, pain, depression and even guilt that it was your fault.  Don’t let the devil rob you in 2015.  Keep your mind stayed on Jesus.

Jesus Brings Perfect Peace


Wise Hearted said...

Your post made me think of a Christmas that our house was broke into and the guy took all the presents outside behind our house and scattered them all over the field. He only kept the reselling items. It was a strange Christmas for sure and our adult children remember that one to this day.

Joy said...

A beautiful comparison with our lives. Thanks for the inspiration:)

Lyli @3-D Lessons for Life said...

Your story makes me think of that Scripture, "Great peace have they which love Thy law, and nothing shall offend them."

Happy New Year to you!

cairncottage said...

We had someone steal a puppy from our property one year when we were selling a litter our dog had. It was quite un-nerving, to say the least! We were amazed at how bold some people can be. That is how Satan is too! His deceitfulness has no limits!! I'm so thankful for the Holy Spirit, who warns and guides us in life!! Thanks for sharing!
Ann @ Christ in the Clouds

Anonymous said...

I never knew about this! Judie Moon Painter

a joyful noise said...

Judie, sorry we never told you about this. You were pregnant with Liz and in those days we did not have Face Book and e-mail. :-)

caryjo said...

I sure understand what you went through. Seen so much through so many. Satan is breaking into so many minds. Focusing on the Lord is all I can do momentarily and it's the same that everyone else should do. Thanks for sharing.

Michelle said...

I am thankful you weren't home.
I wonder how the boy would have reacted if you wrote the letter.

Thank you for stopping by my Spiritual Sunday post.
Sorry it took so long to get back to you.
You comment didn't show up in my e-mail.
I found it while I was working on my blog.

May you be blessed in 2015.