Thursday, April 10, 2008

How Do You React?

Have any of you ever been robbed at gunpoint?

My student told me an interesting story today. We were talking about how you never know how you will react in a situation until it happens to you. We started talking about this while reading a book on mountain climbing. (My students are especially gifted in getting me off topic!)

She told me that once in Mexico she and a friend were robbed in their car. She quickly sat on her hands and pushed her rings off of her fingers. Then, when they tried to take her bookbag, she talked them out of it because she knew she had some expensive jewelry that belonged to her boss in it. “They’re just books,” she said, “do you want me to not be able to take notes?” There were two guys robbing them, one with a gun and one with a knife!

If I ever get robbed, I want her with me. I think I would just do whatever they asked, terrified they would shoot me if I didn’t. It’s possible this would be response because I read too many crime novels!

So have any of you ever been robbed at gunpoint? Or been in some other sticky situation where you had a different reaction than you thought you would?


Cara Putman said...

Wow. I may have to use some of that quick thinking in a book!

Amy said...

Thanks for stopping by Cara! Ha, I thought it seemed like something you'd read in a book. She's a brave girl!

truevyne said...

I have been in 3 situations in which my life was threatened. I used to live and work in the inner city,and one crazy neighborhood man waited in the bushes and tried to grab me twice. I can't say how I escaped- except it was like the scripture, "And they tried to grab Jesus and he was gone." Somehow the man couldn't do what he intended. God's mercy.
Also, I had a teenaged girl stay with me. When her boyfriend got out of jail, showed me his gun, and blocked my way with his car. I listened to that still small voice saying, "Go now", put my foot on the accelerator of my car, and the next moment a police car pulled around and forced my attacker to give way!
These things only strengthened my faith and resolve. As someone I met at a conference once said, "The safest place is to be in the center of God's will."

Amy said...

Awesome truevyne! Thanks so much for sharing!

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