Monday, January 5, 2009

Memorial Box Monday - ON MONDAY - woo hoo - The Mountain Lion

I was talking to Amie the other day on the phone. (There is something very exciting in the works....more on that another day.) Anyway, our conversation rolled around to something in our Memorial Box and I thought today might be a good day to tell the story as well.

I have mentioned that we sold our last home to get out of debt thus enabling us to adopt more kids. That home we sold we had built on a ridge. It was at 7400' and was about 1,000 feet higher than our city. It overlooked a canyon with a breathtaking view of the Rockies. Driving up the mountain road one could look up and see the glow of our home on that ridge, but have no clue how to get to it. I loved that part. It was tucked away and serene and it sat on 7 acres.

Since it was on a ridge there was literally no yard space at all, just 7 acres - of cliff and canyon! We were okay with that...less yard work. Infact before moving in I commented to our Abigail that I really hoped that we could put a garden in as soon as we moved in. She said, "MOM! You bought a cliff! Where do you think you will put a garden?" Ummmm, good point Ab.

Before we moved in we were hiking with our dear friend Stuart, from Phoenix. Dw, Stuart and I had decided to hike the highest peak of our ridge property....what a view we saw! But we also saw some big animal tracks that actually looked sorta' like a mighty big putty-tat . We memorized their shape. We three all grew up the suburbs, so what did we know? We went back to the parsonage and Stuart, Dw and I looked at tracks on line. As best we could tell they were mountain lion. *gulp* Stuart then found a site with animal sounds and kept playing (over and over and over) the sound of a mountain lion roaring. Every time Stuart played the growl I would get goose bumps - dork! **even bigger gulp**

It turns out on a second hike we did with someone who was very familiar with 'tracking' he confirmed that it actually was a female mountain lion with her cub. It didn't exactly warm our hearts, but we prayed with our staff, anointed our property with oil and moved in.
About two months after moving in, at about 11 pm at night I took our little dog Boo out to the bathroom. I walked to the edge of the driveway so Boo could do his thing. It was then that I heard something. Hmmm, that's weird. I had heard elk and deer crunching in the leaves, but this was different. It sounded like a "woosh, woosh, woosh." It made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. What was that noise? I immediately felt like the Lord said, "Get over by the house." I quickly moved toward the house; now only about 30 feet from the front door.

I stood very still. Woosh, woosh, woosh. What the heck? I mean, come on, where was that noise coming from. I have a slight hearing loss from the Multiple Sclerosis, which makes it very difficult to tell which direction sounds are coming from.

I kept looking around in the pitch dark. Where was that sound coming from? And better yet, what was making the sound??? Still it continued: woosh, woosh, woosh. All of a sudden I turned and there, on the ground, right near the far end of our front porch stood a mountain lion staring at me. He was about 30 feet from me.

The wooshing was his tail!! It was humongous!! Gigantic!! Gargantuan!! And it was moving back and forth wooshing.

Silly as it sounds, my very first thought was: "My! What a big tail you have!" (how dumb was that?)
On top of that thought, my very next thought was: "They say you are more afraid of me than I am of you, so why aren't you running?" He just stood and stared at me.
Now my next thought is kind of hard to explain, so bear with me....it happened quickly, but I felt like, for a few seconds, the Lord gave me some insight into the mountain lion. I truly felt like the Lord showed me what that Mountain Lion was thinking: "I am here because the enemy has sent me to strike fear into you, but God has closed my mouth." (Remember I have overcome HUGE fear in my life and yes, a mountain lion would be just the ticket to strike new, paralyzing fear in me.)
And with that thought from the Lord, mustering all the faith I could I walked over and petted that mountain lion.








NOT!!!


Are you kidding me? I may be a faith-filled woman, and yes, Almighty God had closed that lion's mouth but I am not a lunatic - - and I hardly doubt that Daniel, while spending the night in the lion's den played fetch with them!!
So what this very human woman did was to turn and airlifting our dog Boo (he had a harness and leash on) in the air I ran like a crazy woman toward the porch, up the steps and in the front door. As I was running toward the porch I heard the mountain lion go under our front porch, and as big as it was, its shoulders were banging on the underside of the porch floor boards....**yikes**
Dw was still up when I came bursting through the front door and I told him about the mountain lion. We had not put curtains up yet (no neighbors to peak in our windows since we were so secluded)...but I felt like that mountain lion could be outside just watching us to see which one had the most fat on the bones and would be a tasty treat.
The next day Dw and I looked at the paw print in the mud where it had been standing. Yes, indeed, it was a big one!
We prayed for protection and were very attentive to our surroundings. A few weeks later Graham was outside at lunch time and again saw the mountain lion about 15 feet from him. At that point we asked some friends to come and pray over our home with us, which they did. We never saw another mountain lion again. Several bear, yes, but no more mountain lion.
There is no doubt that our Miracle-working, Mountain-moving, Awe-inspiring, Gasp-Giving God had closed that mountain lion's mouth as it stood staring at me that day and He had again closed it's mouth when Graham saw it. And no, it's not everyday that people have mountain lion encounters and live to tell about them.
That is why you will find a little mountain lion sitting in our Memorial Box to remind us, once again, of God's faithful and complete protection - even closing the mouth of a lion on two separate occasions! How we thank Him for His complete protection!

PS A few of you have written and asked what exactly Memorial Box Monday is all about....so read about it here.

14 Simply Sweet Words:

  1. You so GOT ME!!! That was not nice! Good one though and great God moment! I'm loving Memorial Box Monday!

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  2. Oh Linny... first off you need a time out for scaring the beejeebees out of me with the "I was just petting the cute little puddy cat" thing... and second, I just need to let my heart find it's way back home from my throat.
    WOW - what a mighty God we serve!

    Now... that doesn't mean I want to turn on the nature channel and find you on a jeep talking about sneaking up on some of Africa's big cats (in an Australian voice, of course)... YIKES! :)

    So glad our Heavenly Father kept your family safe!

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  3. That is an incredible story and I loved the idea of the Memorial Box. I would need a huge box to display my husband's back brace when the Lord healed his broken back after a terrible fall. I wanted to display it for that very reason but it wasn't too pretty! Our God is certainly concerned with the details and I love the way you have chosen to remember each one!

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  4. Wow ... not only do you have a ton of great stories to share, but you can really tell them well! Petting the mountain lion ... I sorta fell for that for a split second. :-)

    You can tell Dw that I think it's pretty cool that he is getting into the blogging thing; my husband still chuckles at me as he walks past and peeks over my shoulder to see what I'm reading. :-)

    I love Amie's blog; can't wait to see what you are up to!

    All the best,
    Nicole A. in OH

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  5. Oh Linny , you are so BAD!!!! Don't you know that we follow your every word?!!! I think my jaw opened up and hit the floor!!! Anyway I received my gift today and I love it. It made me cry to think that I was holding a little piece of your amazing, God is awesome, story in my hands!!!( Of course lately everything is making me cry. You'd think I was going to get a new child or something!!!) Its on my tree and will stay there until after we come home with Sierra. Just 3 more days until we get on that plane!!!!!!
    Love and hugs, Kathie

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  6. Linny,
    We have our house on the market to do exactly what you all did...grow our nest! I knew you had downsized but I love how simply you stated it in this post. A MOUNTAIN LION! Oh, my! Don't have those in Atlanta. LOL! Maybe a few bears and coyotes in the North Georgia mountains but your story gave me chills. Loved seeing the photos of the snow, too.
    Blessings,
    Teresa
    www.journeytojeremiah.blogspot.com
    www.jochebedshope.org

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  7. Linny,
    We have our house on the market to do exactly what you did, eliminate the debt and add babies. I knew you had downsized from previous posts but I love how simply you expressed it in this post. Your story about the mountain lion gave me chills! WOW! We don't have those in Atlanta. LOL! Loved the photos of the snow, too.
    Blessings,
    Teresa
    www.journeytojeremiah.blogspot.com
    www.jochebedshope.org

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  8. Oh my goodness! I got goosebumps just reading that. I felt the fear - you are a wiser woman than me. I'm not sure I would have had many wits about me at that moment. I also wondered why in the world your doggie wasn't going absolutely crazy.

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  9. Memorial Box Monday is Great. I was wondering where the story was going with mountain lion and you. I knew you would win though!

    By the way, tell DW we said. We continue to pray for healing for his arm. It did such a great job of blogging while you were away.

    A great SURPRISE in my mailbox tonight when I got home. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your thoughtfulness. I will place in my room so when I awake each morning I will see it. Not only will it remind me of God's faithfulness but of the encouragement you are to me daily.

    Blessing,
    Lisa from Ohio

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  10. OH MY GOODNESS!!!! That is one AMAZING story, and a pretty hilarious little joke there in the middle! Wow. And yet the line about bears was just sitting in there like that was no big deal. Must have been one terriffic view though. It's fun to think how God has our whole life in view. Of course you couldn't die because He had so many plans for you! We don't go until He is done with us here. I love that thought.

    I got my package today!! We all love the present...Thank you so much, you sweet thing!

    Have a wonderful day tomorrow!

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  11. Love you! I don't love mountain lions. I do love our God who protected you from them and kicked them off your property (next time make sure not to leave the bears out when you pray!)

    Just think, today is one day closer to when you get to come see us! :)

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  12. Ok, my mouth just dropped open and I had to read it again. I couldn't believe my eyes when you said you walked over and pet the mountain lion! Good thing I kept reading who knew what tails I would be telling my friends! I love sharing your awe inspiring, gasp-giving God stories. I've heard myself say Yippee Jesus a time or two as well!

    We lived in Colorado too and had those same pawprints leading up the trail behind our house. A momma and her cub. Thankfully I never saw them close up!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs,
    Robin

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  13. Petted it ... ya ... your NOT couldn't have come quick enough. I could not imagine that close of an encounter with a mountain lion!!!! Many blessings, Lisa C.

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  14. I'm just catching up from the holidays and my heart is beating so hard that my husband can probably hear it up stairs! WOW!! I am terrified of mountain lions and bears! We were in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons summer before last and encountered a few bears... Thankfully, only one while we were hiking and it was definitely more afraid of us. But my kids (and my husband) still make fun of me about how fast I moved!

    What an AWESOME story!! Thanks for sharing it with us! I can't wait to hear more Memorial Box stories!!

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