Y’all, last week started out terrifying! As most of you know, there’s no shortage of drama in the lives of the Hawkins’! I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried!
It was around 7:40, and as usual I’m watching reruns of Match 79. That’s what I do every morning starting at 7am. Maudie was outside barking, but she barks at stuff all the time! My window was open so I just kept telling her to hush. She didn’t. I heard a noise outside, but dismissed it, because it sounded like someone knocking at the door. Who, in their right mind, would knock on a business door when the sign clearly says that we open at 9?! Maudie was still barking. Not long after hearing the noise my phone rang. The conversation went something like this : Me: Hometown Flooring! Man: Are you open? Me: No sir, we open at 9. Man: Well, are you at your office? Me: Well, not exactly. We open at 9 though. Man: Well, does someone live there? Me getting ticked off : I’m upstairs, but I won’t be ready for work until 9, is there something I can help you with? Man: Could you come to the front door? Me getting even more ticked: Sir, is there something you need?! Man: M’am, this is the police. Can you come to the front door? Me nervous as all get out: Is everything ok?! Police: Just come to the front door. Me: Let me get dressed!
I called Steve and made him stay on the phone with me. I was terrified! All kinds of thoughts went through my mind. Thoughts like, I paid the taxes didn’t I? When I walked out the back door one of the SWAT TEAM…. did y’all see that?! I said SWAT TEAM, had climbed up and was peering over the fence. I wouldn’t have seen him had he not hollered at me to go to the front door. I assured him that indeed I was headed to the front door! I was shaking like a cat pooping peach seeds! When I got to the door there was 8 or 10 of those guys staring at me. My heart sank. What had I done that was so bad the US Marshalls were coming after me?! Was there something in my past I had forgotten?! What would my friends and family think should I be sent to the joint?! How embarrassed would I be, when I had to look into the eyes of my friends in the jail ministry, when they came to the county jail on Thursday night?!
Trembling with fear, I asked the officer what was going on. I must’ve sounded like Goat Boy on SNL. He told me they were looking for Aaron. Aaron is Tucker’s first name. What the crap?! I told them that Aaron hadn’t done a thing! They said they had an active warrant for him for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. What?!? If this was about the Tazed And Confused incident (see Tazed And Confused blog for details) they’re seriously ridiculous! For one thing he didn’t even get arrested that night! For another thing, the officer said that he had court the next day! What?!? He hadn’t even been to court yet and they’re sending out the swat team to pick him up?! Are you serious?!? Since when does the swat team pick up a person to take them to court?! I’m no law expert, but that seems crazy! Anyway, I told them where he was and they said they wouldn’t go get him out of treatment. I maintained composure until I closed the door, then the tears started flowing. I mean, that ugly, loud cry. Steve, waiting patiently on the phone said, “Why are you crying now?! They’re gone!” I said, “I don’t know-oh-oh!” I was wailing. I continued crying for a little while.
Steve and I went back and watched the whole incident on the monitors. Apparently they thought I was hiding from them, because one of them was waving at the camera telling me to open the door. All I have to say is that it was totally wrong for them not to tell me they were the police the minute I answered the phone. I mean, just the fact that I answered the phone should’ve told them that I wasn’t hiding! A lot of women wouldn’t have went to the door thinking it was some sort of a scam! It probably wasn’t real smart that I went without asking more questions! Needless to say, apparently they didn’t have enough to do that day. That, or they were training rookies at this stop.
Y’all, the way the SWAT team handled the situation with me, is exactly the way the enemy handles us all the time! Often times, we are faced with a situation in which the enemy tries to trick us into doing something we know we shouldn’t. He’s never honest with his intentions either! Sort of like when the officer tried to make me think he was some sort of lunatic customer?! Which clearly, wasn’t the best way to get me to the door! Most people know that I only work when I have to! Do y’all remember the story in the bible, when the Jewish leaders tried to trick Jesus into answering their questions in a manner that would give them a reason to arrest Him? Remember that they were never smart enough to trip Him up? Well, I don’t know about y’all, but I’m not as smart as Jesus! I sure wouldn’t go to the door at 7:40am for a lunatic customer, but even after all the officer said to me beforehand, I (blindly) believed him when he said he was the police. Ladies, if you’re home alone, don’t go to the door just because someone says they’re the police! Ask plenty of questions! Ask for proof! Don’t just take their word! Unfortunately we live in times when you can hardly trust anyone. And for the love of all that is good and holy, when the enemy is whispering things in your ear, trying to get you to do something you know is wrong, do the same thing! God gives us everything we need to stand up to the enemy, and to live in a way that’s pleasing to Him!
Saying “Hey, this is Officer so & so , can you come to the door?” would’ve been a much more effective way to handle said situation, and would’ve saved the officers a good bit of time. I realize that they never know what they might encounter on these endeavors. However, not every “criminal”, especially those with nonviolent charges, are “bad” people. And not every criminal’s family members are scary people. Ijs. I have the utmost respect for police officers! I really do! Our local officers are some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet! But if any of you reading his know any of the SWAT team, have them read this! #1, so they’ll know I wasn’t trying to hide from them! And #2, so that maybe next time, should they call and a lady answer the phone, they’ll handle the situation in a bit more forthcoming manner.
You are tempted in the same way all other human beings are. God is faithful. He will not let you be tempted any more than you can take. But when you are tempted, God will give you a way out. Then you will be able to deal with it. 1 Corinthians 10:13