When our second child was just a few months old, we went out for ice cream after having a yard sale on a hot summer day.
In Las Vegas, you have to be especially careful when going out on a Saturday night. We were living in Henderson and the ice cream shop was just a few blocks away. Since we were a long way from the Las Vegas Strip, however, I didn't give it a second thought. In fact, I was relieved to be getting out of the house for a while.
We enjoyed our ice cream and watched our oldest son play while the baby had a much needed nap.
On our way home, we were stopped at a red light and when the light changed, I noticed a black SUV speeding in the other direction. I watched as the driver hit the brakes and put his vehicle in reverse. We were about 1/4 mile away from our house. He then proceeded to turn around and head in our direction. I was frightened by this so I told my husband to pull over and let the man pass. By this time, the man driving the SUV had caught the attention of several other vehicles that were going in the same direction as we were. Not knowing what he was about to do, they all stopped, allowing him the freedom to head directly toward us. At this point I put my hand on my husband's shoulder and said: "babe, pull over, please, just let him pass..."
Realizing that we had two small children in the vehicle, my husband complied, and I thought the man would simply speed right by us and we'd be on our way. That's when he pulled along side us and pulled out a gun and pointed it in our direction.
I don't remember much of what happened after that, but I know that we ended up driving up the Boulder HWY,speeding through traffic lights and heading toward the nearest police station as the 911 operator had instructed me to do.
The man was never charged with anything since aiming and pointing is a misdemeanor in Nevada.
I was traumatized by the whole event and became somewhat of a recluse for a while after that, but I will never forget how thankful I was that we were all unharmed. My life could have been destroyed that day if not for the Grace of God.
Jesus has carried me through so many things and I am so humbled by his Love and Grace.
Every day, I thank Him for giving us the Blessing of another child not long after that incident and praise His name for all the wonderful things in life that so many of us take for granted.