I heard the story of a woman who had finished shopping and returned to her
car. She found four men inside the car. She dropped her shopping bags, drew a
handgun, and screamed, "I have a gun, and I know how to use it! Get out of the
car." Those men did not wait for a second invitation; they got out and ran like
The woman, somewhat shaken, loaded her shopping bags and then got into the car.
But no matter how she tried, she could not get her key into the ignition. Then
it dawned on her: her car was parked four or five spaces away! She loaded her
grocery bags into her own car and then drove to the police station to turn
herself in. The desk sergeant to whom she told the story nearly fell off his
chair laughing. He pointed to the other end of the counter, where four men were
reporting a carjacking by an old woman with thick glasses and curly white hair,
less than five feet tall, and carrying a large handgun. No charges were filed.
You see, she thought it was her car, but it really belonged to someone else. We
think our lives are our own, but they really belong to God.
Citation: Greg Laurie, "A Time to
Worship," Decision (November 2001)