It must have come as a surprise.
After two young men targeted an older woman walking into a church, grabbing her purse and knocking her to the ground when she resisted, they took a minute to see what they had gained.
Going through court records recently I found the charges and they’re steep: robbery, aggravated assault, theft. The woman suffered a fractured shoulder.
And in the paragraphs a third man who drove a get-away car told how his friends said they “robbed an old lady but didn’t get anything.” They tossed the Bible that they’d mistaken for a purse behind a store.
I expect they were disgusted. They needed drug money, and you’re certainly not buying drugs with a Bible.
But I wonder what else they thought? Was it a warning sign to them?
It’s pretty low, two young men going after one older woman as she heads into church. The age factor, the 2-against-1 factor, the church factor…
And then they find themselves holding a Bible as they run down the street. They must have felt kind of foolish.
And it does make you wonder if maybe God didn’t want their attention. Maybe a “Hey guys, leave my people alone but go ahead and take a look at this” kind of a statement?
I wish I could have seen their faces when they realized what they stole.