April 29, 2019

Carl sent the following story about a quick thinking woman from Florida. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Florida Woman Saved from Alligator Attack Using a Tiny .22 Short cal Beretta Pistol

“This is a story of self-control and marksmanship by a brave, cool-headed woman, Marcy Callahan, age 62, with a very small pistol against a huge and fierce predator.

This could well answer the concealed-carry question; “What’s the smallest caliber handgun that you would trust to protect yourself with?”

Here’s her story in her own words:

“On the evening of March 16, while out walking along the edge of a pond just outside my house in The Villages with my soon-to-be ex-husband, we were discussing property settlement and other divorce issues, we were surprised by a huge 12-ft. alligator which suddenly exploded from the murky water.

“It charged us with its large jaws wide open. She must have been protecting her nest because she was extremely aggressive. If I had not had my little Beretta .22 Short caliber pistol with me, I would not be here today!

“Just one shot to my estranged husband’s knee cap was all it took. I was able to make it back to the dining room in just 10 minutes, in time for The Early Bird Dinner, by just walking away at no more than a brisk pace.

“The amount I saved in lawyer’s fees was really incredible. His ‘Accidental Death,’ double-payoff, life insurance was a big bonus!”

As a pastor, I would never advocate violence as the best way to resolve a problem but you’ve got to admit, she came off pretty well.

The moral of the story is to use your head whenever you encounter a problem. God gave you a brain for a reason. Don’t overreact, panic, or give up. There’s always a solution.

The greatest resource we have in facing the challenges of the day is God. And while I am pretty sure God would never tell a woman to shoot her soon to be ex-husband in the kneecap, God will always give us an answer.

James said, “If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you.” (James 1:5)

So as you begin a new week, think before you act, stay true to the person God created you to be, and listen for God’s guidance in all you do.

Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, guide my words, thoughts, and steps as I begin a new week. Help me always see your answers to the challenges in my life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Be patient, truly listen, and you will hear God’s guidance for your life.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins