My husband Bobby and I traveled from South Florida to Marianna, Florida this past weekend. We spent the night in Tallahassee to see family, then left early Friday morning to go to Marianna because Bob had a job to do there.
The drive was pleasant and we made good time. The further we went, the southern hospitality was apparent, life seemed to slow down a bit, and the accents became more distinct. I was born in Alabama but raised in Florida, I know southern. But I noticed something else, there seemed to be an underlying tension in the air. We stopped at a fast food place to use the restroom and as I walked in, I saw two policemen talking to an employee at the counter. I kept on walking and I heard a man talking to two other people. He said, “If that had been me, they would have arrested me on the spot and carried me off to jail.” I went on to the restroom and thought, “Huh, I wonder what happened here?” I came out of the restroom and a woman customer, was talking to the two policemen and she was saying, “You know, you just can’t make God mad. If you make God mad he just won’t take it.”
I walked out the door and got back in our car and told Bob what I heard and saw. Like I said, I could feel something strange in the air.
We got to our destination Bob went in to work and I stayed in the car reading a book called, The Hidden Power of the Holy Spirit. At lunch-time we went to the local Burger King and we ordered our food. Again, I sensed that tension. Bob and I sat down and began to eat. Low and behold, the woman who had been at the McDonald’s earlier that day came into the Burger King. She got in line and then said, “Burger King…why isn’t there a Burger Queen?” She said it sincerely and waited for an answer. A couple of men heard what she said and answered her but they were a little sarcastic. They laughed. One man got his order and walked out the door. The other one laughed and said, “Well at least I was nicer than he was.
Bob and I were sitting up front in a corner and could see and hear everything that was going on…there was a big man who came in and sat at a table in the center of the room. The lady doing all the talking went to sit in a section behind us by a window. She said to a young man sitting across the aisle, “I haven’t had any sleep for seven days. We drove all night and we got kicked out of our apartment.” I could sense something was weird so I said to Bob, “We need to go.” Bob said, “Yeah.” So we left.
I don’t know what happened with that lady or what else was said, all I know is that when the Spirit says leave, you need to listen. I got in the car and I prayed over those people and the place.
When we pray and are in tune with the Holy Spirit he will let us know when to stay and when to go.
We went back for Bob to finish his job and when he was finished we left to go back to Tallahassee. We had a wonderful time with family and the weekend was fun.
We left spent a few hours and enjoyed our time, with our Tampa family, and made it home safe and sound.
I’m writing this to say this, “Pray, stay connected to the Lord and listen when you sense something isn’t quite right. When the Holy Spirit says to leave…then leave.
We are all here for a reason. If for no other reason than to be at a certain time, at a certain place, to deflect evil, then so be it, and when it’s time go…Go!
~Marla Shaw O’Neill August 28, 2017
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. Romans 8:14 New International Version (NIV)
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Then the Lord answered me and said:
“Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry.
“Behold the proud,
His soul is not upright in him;
But the just shall live by his faith. Habakkuk 2: 2-4