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Saved by grace…from coyotes.

November 27, 2013

There’s nothing like a free day in Israel. Beaches, promenades, markets, train stations, old cities and trails…these are just a few things I like to do on my days off. Most importantly, these days are a time of refreshing, reflecting and resting in Him. A time of solitude and the oh so special quiet that is hard to come by where I live.

After a cloudy morning at the beach I chose to catch a bus to the trails on Mt Carmel before sunset. Knowing the sun would set around 4:30, I knew I had a couple hours to make it to the bottom of the mountain and back before the “wild animals” came out that everyone so intensely warned me about.

As I walked down the mountain I was asking God to meet me. I told Him I didn’t care what it took or where it took me but I wanted to meet Him on that mountain today.

Reaching the bottom of the mountain was so beautiful. I was surrounded by mountains, trees, rock walls, so many animal footprints, birds chirping…it was a paradise in the presence of the Lord.

Taking in God’s incredible creation I was taken aback by the sound of men in the far distance with what sounded something like a cross between a chain saw and a dirt bike. My curiosity led me to walk a little further to see if I could find where and what was going on when the strange noise suddenly got louder, the men were yelling increasingly louder and then what followed was a faint howl.
At this moment the Lord spoke to me. “Jill, turn around, walk up the mountain and don’t look back.” I looked at my clock and saw that it was only 3:13, surely there couldn’t be anything dangerous out this time of day…but I did what I was told. As I turned around and started my walk back up the mountain just seconds later the howling started again, then there was more…and more…and more…and closer…and louder…then I heard the grass moving to my left and to my right. I switched to the video on my iphone and recorded the sound as I suddenly knew I was going to die right there, on the bottom of the mountain where no one knew where I was, mauled by a pack of COYOTES! I wanted so bad to turn around and look to see what I was up against but the Lord quickly said “don’t look back, look to me, don’t look back.”

The nearly 30 minute walk up that mountain, which seemed a lifetime, I could hear the rustling in the tall grass next to me and howls too close for comfort. I came to the conclusion God was going to answer my prayer…I was going to “meet Him” today! It was so hard for me not to turn around, not to look to my left or right where I could hear them literally hunting me…but God really spoke to me at that point. Remember Lot’s wife? (Luke 17:32) She looked back…remember? Pillar of salt…I had the fear of the Lord, a fear that led me to obedience…because the alternative was death. “Look ahead Jill, don’t look back.”

I made it to the top of the mountain and once I hit the sidewalk I never looked back. I knew that God supernaturally protected me. I don’t know how…but I walked through a pack of hungry coyotes following me to the top of a mountain…and I believe only because I listened to the voice of the Lord is why I survived.

What scared me the most about this whole situation wasn’t the coyotes (ok, maybe a little)…but what obedience looks like…what salvation looks like…what victory looks like.

It doesn’t say much about Lot’s wife but her CHOICE of disobedience led to death. Every day we are given choices to be obedient. We are given every warning in the bible and yet somehow we still believe we can live wrong and die right with the excuse of “grace”. Grace isn’t a means to sin! It isn’t a ticket to Heaven while touring hell on the way. Grace isn’t free. Grace gave everything, grace IS everything. Grace is the revelation that someOne loved you so much…when you didn’t even know Them, when you didn’t care about Them, when everything you did was displeasing in Their eyes…grace was the gift you didn’t deserve but it was given to you anyway. Grace is a life given in exchange for what you deserved. Can you see it? SomeOne that gave their LIFE for a wretched sinner like you…and only asks for love in return. Love that looks like obedience. Love that sanctifies. Love that makes us Holy. Love that calls for a surrender but gives eternity in exchange for a surrendered short little life here on earth. Wow, grace.

What does your life look like? What do your choices say about your revelation of grace? Do you know the Father that loves you enough to save you…like REALLY save you, not just from coyotes, but from death? It is a love that I can never fully comprehend or express but fully enjoy living in every day.

If we live in the Spirit, let us walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:25

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Kristi permalink
    November 27, 2013 4:48 pm

    Wow!!!! Love you and praising God for your obedience!!!! It surely doesn’t look like what we often believe it should!!!! Love you!

    • November 27, 2013 4:51 pm

      I literally had the whole scenario playing in my head up that Mtn…God gave me supernatural kung fu skills and I beat every coyote into his grave…but instead God showed me a greater obedience…still takes my breath away to think about it!

      • Bette Crum permalink
        November 28, 2013 9:06 am

        Thank You, Jill. what a gift to read this today, Thanksgiving Day, To be reminded, so beautifully, who and what we have to be sooo thankful for.I like it that Thanksgiving come right before Christmas. I think it prepares our hearts for being Thanksful for the greatest gift I have ever received..Jesus. Love to you and God Bless You, Bette Crum

  2. Nancy Enns permalink
    November 28, 2013 10:51 pm

    Awe Jill, what a beautiful instrument you are in God’s hand, you write deep into our hearts, May God, continue to fill you with every good and perfect gift, and May you continue to be obedient to all that he desires to do through you, so encouraging to watch you grow in stature and power, Blessing from Canada, and no there are no igloo’s and penguins, okay maybe one! lol, Love Nancy & Erv Enns

  3. December 11, 2013 4:51 pm

    Jill,
    What an amazing story. Thank you for sharing and being obedient to God’s call on your life. A big prayer just went up in thanks for your ministry and safety and continued success and protection. God bless and keep on doing the Lord’s work in Isreal!
    Dr. Zack

  4. Terri permalink
    December 29, 2013 4:43 pm

    I have no words sister in Christ except what a tremendous, fabulous and glorious testimony of your faith and obedience. Praise God for His love, His protection and His grace. Bless you and all you are doing. I thank God for you and your heart Jill. I look forward to hear more from you. Love in Christ, Terri

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