At 07:14:50 this morning, I stopped at our local Shell garage. I had been to Spar prior to that and I forgot to buy cigarettes. Upon realising this, I told my girls that I forgot and I’ll just stop at the garage. Abigail begged me “mommy, please don’t go buy cigarettes”. I ignored her. I ignored a HUGE warning sign which I believe God had tried to give me.
I got out of my car and walked into the garage shop. Usually the kids get out of the car with me, but I decided to lock them in the car instead. God’s Goodness at work. I had not been in the shop for 10 seconds when I looked around, just to check on my girls and stared right into a group of men all wielding guns.
They yelled at us (customers & staff) to get down on the ground. While dropping to my knees I tugged my engagement ring off my finger and stuffed it into my bra.
There was a lady in the line ahead of me. As we dropped down, she grabbed my hands and calmly told me to just breathe and pray with her. I wept quietly and told her my kids were in the car outside. She started praying for their protection, that they would not see or hear what was going on inside the shop. I “double locked” my car – this makes it impossible to open the doors from the inside – this way I knew that they would not be able to get out of the car and walk into danger.
While we were lying on the ground, the armed robbers demanded our cellphones and wallets. I handed them over without hesistation, and without looking up. I just saw this hand grab my phone & purse, and the next thing he threw my purse back at me – I had no cash.
The angel with me just kept praying and kept reassuring me that my kids and I would be fine, that God ALWAYS protects His children.
The robbers yelled at the owner to open the safe (they assaulted him badly)
Suddenly, the shop was quiet. You could hear a pin drop. I asked out loud “are they gone” and we started getting up. I ran to my car to check on the girls. They were laughing and playing on the back seat. Kathrin asked me “mommy, what just happened, why did those guys run out and jump on the back of a bakkie”. That was all they saw.
I got a business card from my car and gave it to the garage manager so they could get hold of me if they needed to. I got back into my car. According to Matrix, it was now 07:17:58
I dropped the girls at school with a smile on my face, hugged them really tight and told them I love them. I was incredibly calm, I had Shalom Peace until the moment I drove off the school grounds – they never saw the fear or terror that I was experiencing.
God tried to warn me through my child, but I didn’t listen.
God protected them by not letting them come into the shop with me.
God protected us all in that shop for the entire time that the robbery was taking place.
God heard every prayer, and showed His faithfulness in keeping us all safe from harm – not a single shot was fired, my kids were safe and besides the obvious shock, I am okay. Rattled beyond belief, but okay.
God doesn’t always speak in a loud thundering voice, He uses a still small voice on the inside, or the still small voice of a 7 year old girl. We should just learn to listen to Him.
All thanks, glory and honour go to my Heavenly Father who sent his angels to protect us today. I thank God for the promises He made in Psalm 91, and I thank Him for keeping those promises today.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
“Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”