Hopefully, you read recent Life with Lynnie (LwL) entries. If not, I would suggest you do so! This way, you'll have the full picture about Peche Island and what I was doing there.
As you know if you read previously, my friend M and I were seated under the covered picnic area, enjoying the lunch I brought with us to the island. Yes, it was an instant replay from the day before, when we enjoyed a BBQ and swim time at my complex's pool.
How I wish I could have posted pics of this day; but, it was not possible. You see, even though I brought my camera to Peche Island, I hadn't thought to check its batteries. Unfortunately, they were dead. Sniff, sniff. No pics!
While we were relaxing enjoying our meal, M looked at me and with a rather nervous voice asked me to not move.
I asked what was wrong. She kept looking past me to the picnic table area behind me. When I went to turn around, she adamantly commanded me to not turn around.
Well, how could I not do this? Especially, when M seemed so upset!
So, what did I do? I turned around, slightly. Just enough to see... a raccoon behind me!
It was not one of those cute baby critters. Nope! It was HUGE!!! And, it was only about four (4) feet or so behind me!
My heart cried out, HELP!, even if my voice didn't!
When I appeared stressed, M urged me to stay seated and calm. Sure! I'm sure you can guess, this was easier said than done!
With every fibre of my being, I wanted to get up and run! But, I didn't.
Once again, I turned slightly to see where the raccoon was. I prayed it wasn't any closer.
Well, it was. Sort of.
Just as I turned, it reached up and grabbed an insulated bag that one of my neighbour friends had left on the seat of the picnic table. It fell on top of him. Or her. Whatever!
Then, I almost got up and ran, because it was even closer to me, when it jumped away from the bag that had fallen on it.
Once again, M commanded me in a quiet, yet stern voice, to not move. Believe me, I didn't.
Truthfully, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. My heart was beating so fast, I wondered if it would beat right out of my chest. Silently, I prayed, knowing my heart was in God's hands!
What a reminder of Proverbs 3:3, "Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:"!
How grateful I am to God, that I had such a great previous pastor, who taught us that we needed to read our Bible, study it, and memorize verses that we could draw upon in times of need! Thank You, Father! I am truly grateful!
As I am sure you have guessed, there is still more to say about the situation with the raccoon! Hopefully, you won't mind waiting until tomorrow.
Until next time...
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