A mom in Lumberton, New Jersey, followed her instincts last week and a major tragedy was averted because of it.  Yahoo Lifestyle reports that she woke up to a racist message on Facebook from a man in Kentucky who slurred her three biracial children and hoped terrible things for them.

She decided to call her local police station and filed a report.  The officer she spoke to took her seriously, telling her “There’s no room for this kind of hate in my world.”  Local and state police coordinated on the tip and drove to the house of the identified 20 year old.  When they arrived he was leaving his house with more than 200 rounds of ammunition, a bulletproof vest, a firearm, a 100 round high capacity magazine, and a detailed plan of attack.  Searching his house also revealed an internet search history on “How to conduct a school shooting.”  He has since been arrested and charged.

The mom who made the call said the timing of his arrest was divine intervention.  Thank God that this mom took the time and effort to let those who could do something know, and thank God that the police officer had the mindset that he does.  Countless lives have been spared the evil that was intended because of their actions.

The Holy Spirit spoke through Paul concerning the blessings that our government officials, like police officers, are to us:

“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.” ~ Romans 13:1-7  NKJV

Let’s remember to be thankful, pray, and help all those who have been given charge to protect us as we seek to do His will today and always.