Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Crazy Times at the Memphis Library

I apparently have an evil twin.

This afternoon Adam and I were at the library looking for a book for Mandy. Out of nowhere a guy ran up to me, grabbed me by the collar, and start yelling at me for assaulting his girlfriend. Two security guards were right there and grabbed him, but not before books were off the shelf and Adam was crying.

The security guards started escorting him to the escalator, and once I made sure that Adam was ok, we followed them. I went to the guards and they asked if I wanted to press charges. I said, "heck yeah I want to press charges." He said to wait a minute, so I told him that I was going to check out my books.

As soon as I got to the desk, I felt the Holy Spirit say that I needed to go and talk to the guy. If nothing else, I didn't want Adam to be afraid. So we walked into a small office. In the office were the guy, his girlfriend, the two security guards, and a police officer. I told them that I didn't want to press charges, but I wanted to talk to him. The girlfriend came out and studied me. She said, "Were you not on the bus this morning?" I said, "No." The guy explained that someone who resembled me had assaulted her. I told him that I was sorry that had happened to her, but doing what he did in front of my son was not cool. With a tear in his eye, he apologized and said that he had overreacted. I told him that I forgave him.

After we walked out of the library I knelt down and talked to Adam. I got to talk to him about God's love and forgiveness for us. I wanted to bring some redemption into a scary moment for Adam.

I guess it could be a problem if I do have an evil twin who goes around assaulting ladies on the bus. But no matter what, I love my city. And here's what I know: God wants to reveal His love to every person that was in that situation. I pray He does that.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's crazy to hear that you have a doppleganger roaming the streets of Memphis. I'm make sure to keep a look out. Also, I'm glad you're safe.