The missionary, the pastor and I had just started to walk around the area to get an idea of how many people had shown up.
Suddenly we heard people screaming and saw them running (more like stampeding) toward us with fear on their faces!
The missionary and I jumped up on a cement pylon out of the way, and my pastor friend took off running with the crowd to get away. We found out later, that the reason the people panicked, was that in the press of the crowd, an electric wire had gotten knocked down from a house, and people thought it was live.
When I was a kid, the best tennis shoes you could have were called, “Red Ball Jets.” You could jump higher and run faster with those tennis shoes than any other shoe around. Hey, at least that is what the commercial said. I’m sure every parent in my neighborhood got sick of hearing those commercials.
Well, that night, my pastor friend must have been wearing Red Ball Jets because he outran the crowd!
What makes part of this story amusing, at least to me, is because that very morning, in a town called Leogane, my pastor friend had preached on Gideon, the man who went against the crowd! Don’t tell me you don’t get to live what you preach! J
I have been thinking about how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. He did it in the bible, and one of the people that He used extraordinarily, was Gideon.
When we first meet Gideon in the book of Judges Chapter six, the Angel of the Lordhas just arrived and sat down under a terebinth (or turpentine) tree.
Wow! Just a minute ago, he was hiding in a winepress, scared the Midianites might find out about the little bit of wheat that he had, and now he is commissioned as the chief general in the army of the Lord!
However, not only was Gideon fearful, but he was full of unbelief! How often those go together.