We had quite a scare tonight. I’m still feeling a bit sick from it. Earlier today I was sitting on the couch talking long distance with my Mom when I got a frantic phone call from my wife saying our son ran off at Walmart and was missing. I told her I was on my way and told her to call the police.
I tore out of the garage in my Chevy truck and I hit the gas. I must admit I was probably going 60 through my neighborhood and I was coming in hot! As I turned the corner and headed down the hill towards town, I saw my son just sitting on the sidewalk looking hot and exhausted with bright red cheeks. We live a good two miles up hill and through traffic from the store and he ran half way home! I pulled over and ran over to him asking him what he was doing and what he was thinking. He told me he couldn’t find my wife and he thought she left, so he left Walmart and started running home. He is only nine. I couldn’t believe it! On the way down I was praying that the Lord would give angels charge over him and he wouldn’t get hurt and right after that I found him. Praise God I found him and praise God he didn’t get killed crossing the highway! Praise God he wasn’t abducted!
I told him, “Why in the world would Mom leave the store without you son?! She wouldn’t just leave! The whole store was looking for you!” I gave him a hug and was so glad he was okay. I called my wife and told her to tell everyone that I found him and I told my son to get in the truck. Man folks, for a minute there I thought somebody had taken him! I felt sick to my stomach!
My wife said the head of Walmart put out a “Code Adam” at the store, which causes every single employee in the store to stop what they are doing and look for the lost child. My wife was just about to call the police when a lady told my wife that she had just seen a young boy running up the road towards the highway. I found our son shortly after that.
The whole thing played out in a matter of minutes. We have told our son a million times not to run off at the store. We have also told him if he ever got lost, to immediately tell an employee of the store and they will help. We never told him to leave the store and run home! Man O man! I can laugh about it now, but that was quite a scare!
You should have seen my son’s face when he saw me come roaring down the hill in my truck! Priceless! Thank You Jesus for helping me find him so quickly! At least he knows how to get home on his own from the store. What a crazy day!
We have hugged and kissed our son many times tonight and we always do, but tonight feels extra special. We are just glad he is home safe. I love my son so much and our daughter too.
Now I know how Joseph and Mary felt when they lost Jesus. The sickening feeling of panic is not nice. I immediately started praying as I left the house to find him. Always keep an eye on your kids. Our son could have been taken, hurt, or killed and we are just so thankful to have him home.
“When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
Grace and peace to you all!