The Mind of Christ: Part 2

Jul 25, 2016 by

The Mind of Christ: Part 2

The Hypnotist

“Who can know the Lord’s thoughts? … But we can understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.” (1Corinthians.2:15-56)

“We … echo the mind of Christ; He is the Master mind personified within us!” (Mirror Bible)

It’s nearly 10 o’clock on Thursday evening following my kidnapping and rape, and though we were still struggling with the emotions and hurts of the past few days, our family had just concluded our evening Bible Study and prayer. It seemed important to keep the family schedule as normal as possible, and so we were completing our nightly ritual of getting all five children to bed.

On that day, our four girls were 11, 11, 8, 6 and our only son was 5-years-old. No there are no actual twins, but our second daughter had celebrated her 11th birthday on the Monday after I was abducted. You see, Traci and Terri, our two oldest, are Irish Twins, and so three-weeks before Traci would turn 12, Terri celebrated her 11th birthday. That proved to be a different kind of birthday party for us that year, but one that was a blessed distraction for us. (By the way, our two youngest, Tami and Timothy, are also Irish Twins, lacking 3-weeks being one-year apart! I was a very busy Mom in those days!)

Because they were all still so young, we had the joy of tucking them in, getting those sweet good-night kisses and for my husband always a “wooly-bully” hug (with his day-old beard) for the girls. Those few moments each evening were so refreshing and peaceful for us and them.

All of a sudden — the phone rang! Though it was not necessarily unusual in a pastor’s home to receive a late-night call, our nerves were on edge, and every call initially created a bit of tension for both my husband and me.

It was the sheriff’s department asking if Aaron could bring me into the office – now! I remember arguing that it was not a convenient time, but they insisted! I called our teenage neighbor to come stay with the kids and we prepared to go.

I recall thinking, “There is a method to their madness! Since the kidnapping happened at night, I’m sure they think that the timing could trigger some details that I had not been able to give them about the incident.” The officer had mentioned that because of some information they had received from possible witnesses who had read the newspaper reports of the abduction, they might have a suspect in the crime. However, they needed more details from me to tie my story to the information others had given them.

Subsequently, we agreed to come, but with much hesitation, especially after the officer on the phone suggested that they wanted to hypnotize me. I was told that they had brought an expert in hypnosis from the state capital and that I could trust him. “I do not want to submit myself to hypnotism,” I insisted, “because I have the mind of Christ, and He will help me recall what I need to know, when I need to know it.”

I also told them that I felt very blessed to have no memory of the man’s face, because I didn’t see his face every time I closed my eyes, so I had been able to sleep in peace. (I had been seized from behind, and it was totally dark when I was made to drive up to the gravel pit, therefore I had not been able to give any specific details about my abductor.)

As my husband drove me to the police station, he reached across to tap my shoulder and to reassure me that “everything will be okay.” Déjà vu – I thought! When he touched my left shoulder, I remembered the man’s arm coming around the seat with a knife in his right hand. Then – I saw – in my mind’s eye – that he was wearing a white insulated undershirt and I saw his shoulder-length hair, blue jeans and brown work boots. (Thank God that I still did not distinguish his face.)  But I got excited that once again, I could testify how God had given me “the mind of Christ” and had shown me His incredible love and remarkable wisdom. Yes, He was “keeping me in perfect peace”! (Isaiah.26:3 – See The Mind of Christ – Part 1).

There they were at the police station – the group of detectives, deputies and district attorney officers – waiting to talk to me about being hypnotized. I looked around and said a “thank You, God for your faithfulness” prayer in my heart, as we gathered in that room to discuss a solution to what they saw as a big problem. They began to tell me how safe and important it was that I at least talk to their special hypnotist who had helped to solve many crimes. They were hoping to convince me to see it their way.

However, I just grinned, let them finish their plea and told them how once again, God had come through for me! By now, this group of law-enforcement officers knew that an interview with me would not be the “norm” – and without disappointing them, I described our trip to the station and how Aaron had grabbed my shoulder and set off the “trigger” that brought to my mind the “rest of the story.” I explained the white long-sleeved shirt, his shoulder-length hair, blue jeans and brown boots, and the expressions of shock on their faces showed their amazement! And they confirmed the information they had and had to acknowledge what God had done!

Yes! They now had the missing link – a connection to the suspect’s identity.

Once again, I had experienced the fullness of Christ and His promises to those who receive Him! “The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” (John.14:26-27).  What joy to have the mind of Christ; to know His peace, to experience His power and appreciate His memory!

An eye-witness who was in the parking lot of the grocery store, where the abduction occurred, had given the police a description that was identical to the man I had described. Yes, the same one who was brought to my remembrance – not by a hypnotist – but by the Holy Spirit. God showed Himself mighty that night and those officers saw His power at work in the life of a believer.

The car that young lady saw the suspect get out of in that parking lot, had some very distinct features. So the police had already spotted the car described by the witness and knew where the man worked. They told me they would be at his place of employment the next morning to arrest him. And so they did. He initially confessed when arrested, but later his official plea was not guilty.

So began the long journey with a kidnapping charge in one parish and the rape charge in another. That will be covered in another chapter, but the same peace that had brought me thus far would surely get me through the next fourteen months.

In Psalm 138:8 we read, “The Lord will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting.” If you have received Jesus into your life, you too have been given the gift of His Spirit who will do the same for you. He works on our behalf in every situation in our life, whether it’s a big situation or a small thing. He cares about everything that concerns us!

“Our God has commanded our strength; Show Yourself strong, O God, who has acted on my behalf.” (Psalm.68:28). Yes! Our God is a strong and mighty God and He is working on your behalf to give you strength in every situation. Don’t wait until you are pressed against the wall – Trust Him now – in everything, and when the biggest challenges come, you will already be prepared to “let go and let God have His way in your life!”  For He has given you the mind of Christ.  ~ Shelia Hart Artt

 

(This is a chapter recently written for my soon-to-be-published book “With A Knife At My Throat”… Your feedback is important. Critique for “readability” / “capturing your interest” / “ministry impact” and finally “relevance” to real-life circumstances. Thank you.  SHA)

 

 

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