Due to my illness, I do not go anywhere during the week. I conserve all my energy so that I am able to go to Church on Sundays.
At the end of August 2017, the Minister was conducting a wedding in another city. It was a wedding of a friend. After much prayer I decided to accompany the Minister to the wedding. It was my first outing in a long while and it turned out to be a very happy occasion.
I was extremely tired and was looking forward to coming home. I was hungry and suggested to the Minister that we get a takeaway when we got home. It was almost 8pm before we got home as we had to give a fellow guest a lift home.
As the car pulled up the driveway, I noticed something odd. The lights in the house were turned on. I asked the Minister if we had left the lights on when we left the house 2 days earlier. He jokingly said “yes”!
I was so tired that I was struggling the take the keys out of my bag. As I handed over the keys to the Minister, I noticed that the flowerpot by the windowsill in the dining room was knocked over. I thought that was odd but before I could say anything I couldn’t believe what I was seeing……. The door had been chained from inside the house!!!!!! We are the only people living in the house and nobody has the house keys!!!!! How could that be? I was convinced it was somebody squatting. The lights in the study and walkway were turned on.
We quickly got into the car and drove off. My mind went completely blank. Thankfully the Minister had the presence of mind to go to the vicarage next door, our immediate neighbours. We phoned the police from there and waited for them to get here. I was cold, tired and so confused. Why did God allow this? Does He not know that I am just recovering from a serious illness? How much more can we bear?
The police arrived and it soon transpired that we had been burgled!!!! Burgled????? That can’t be right I said to myself. We have never been burgled before. It was a shock to my system. Up in the highlands of Scotland, we don’t lock our doors and we have never been burgled. Sadly, the burglars did get away with some things. They had gone through our mail and taken the Minister’s bank card. A few days later, we discovered that the burglars had withdrawn money from our account The advantage of being a clergy is that you never have enough money in your bank account. They had taken money from the overdraft. Strangely they never touched my jewellery. The police came and did their job. It was almost 2am before we went to bed. The whole place had been turned upside down. There was glass everywhere. They had smashed the hall window to get in.
That night I couldn’t sleep. The morning came and we had to stay at home as the forensics were coming. That day was a blur however God gave us the grace and the strength to be at Evensong where the Minister even preached.
The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them – Deuteronomy 33:27