A gun, angels and time travel

14 Oct

Stories to Inspire

Sometimes life bursts in really suddenly.  And it would like to rob our joy, our peace and our life.  We have to make a decision then; whether life is going to rule us… or if we’re going to rule over life.  This requires that we have trained our hearts to be anchored in the goodness and love of God.  This is something we can do… and must do… in order to not be robbed of thriving in life.  

But then, sometimes God breaks through and injects a dose of faith that eclipses the strain and stress of circumstances.  That’s what happened to our son John and daughter-in-love Cheryl, recently.  When life rudely invaded the sanctity of their home and family, they chose to stay in faith… but then God went ‘over the top’ with an encounter whose effect will thankfully empower them for a long time. 

God is just so Good that way, you know!  He’s the best!



A gun, angels and time travel

Bullet holes

“Eight gunshots rang out in rapid succession in the stillness of the night… all of them aimed at our house.  They had been shot from a dark-colored Tahoe/type SUV moving slowly through our normally very peaceful neighborhood.  By the third shot, I yelled, “Get down!  It’s gunfire!”  And almost by protective instinct, Cheryl dropped to the living room floor to lay over our sleeping 4-year-old nephew.  But even though one of the bullets passed through our front metal door and tiled bathtub wall, none of the slugs did serious damage to the house and more importantly, none of the 2 adults and 5 children inside the house were injured.  Just perchance, one neighbor actually witnessed the whole scenario.  Within seconds, so many neighbors called 911 that it jammed the answering service for a while.  We quickly reviewed our security cameras and were able to slow-mo many details of the ordeal.  The police arrived shortly after calling, put up crime scene tape around the area and did their best to piece together what had just happened and gather tips as to who would have done it and why it happened.  Several theories are swirling around, but nothing solid… yet!”

“Now the good news: Five of the eight shots hit the concrete driveway and/or concrete steps before they hit our house… thus slowing them down and redirecting them (one actually ricocheted off of our house and sadly, entered our neighbor’s house).  We found two of the slugs inside our house and 4 or 5 shell casings in the street which is enough to know that the weapon was a 45 caliber pistol.  We’re hopeful that the casings may yield more intel.”

“To be honest, fear was banging loudly at our mind’s door.  It wanted to take up residence and would have gladly terrorized us for who knows how long into the future.  But we determined to not let fear take us down into its dark swirl.  Fear wants to imprison you by painting the worst possible scenario in your mind, such as: All it would have taken is a slight turning of the muzzle of that pistol and the trajectories of those shots could have altered our lives forever – literally.  BUT we were determined to stay in faith… faith that comes from knowing that our God is exponentially greater than the evil one… and He had protected us from mortal injury or casualty… or even any major damage to the house.  God spared our lives!”

“Even so, we half-seriously asked the question what would it be like to go back in time, in the Spirit realm, and change the events surrounding the perpetrator?  Could that be possible and what would that look like?”

“Well, the next day Cheryl found herself a grateful recipient of a professional foot massage.”

Cheryl: “Without any mental initiation on my part, when the soft music began to play, Holy Spirit led me back to the time of the shooting… only now, I was standing outside the passenger door of the SUV, looking into its interior.  This experience was very real.  I watched the driver reach over to pick up his gun.  I watched as he aimed toward our home and squeezed the trigger.  I followed the first bullet shot toward our home in slow-motion, while the others flew beside me in my peripheral vision.  But then, just as this first bullet made contact, I realized the wall was total ‘white’ and I found myself zooming back out to confirm what I was seeing.  It was confusing at first… but as I zoomed out from the house, I saw that the white was actually a white dome over our whole house.  What I was viewing was still a mystery, until I realized that the white dome was actually the backs of mighty angels who had surrounded our house and were huddled shoulder to shoulder, leaning in and bending over our house.  As the scene developed, the huge angels began to raise up, stand up straight and turn around to face me with arms crossed in front of their chests… as if to say they had faithfully fulfilled their job of protecting the occupants of the house.”

“This scenario was wonderfully impacting and totally overwhelming for me.  It was all I could do, while on the massage chair, to hold back sobs of joy, wonder and gratefulness.  Fortunately, there was a towel over my face which covered my tears.  I’m sure the masseur would have been confused had he known what I was really experiencing.  It took me some time to process what I had just witnessed… and how poignant its true meaning was to our whole family the night before.  Powerful angels had literally spared our lives.  The Lord let me see from His vantage point, which did more for obliterating fear than any amount of counseling could ever do.  I am now more fear-free than at any other time of my life.  Thank God!!”

“As we began processing different elements of Cheryl’s experience, we remembered that two and a half years ago, our son Eli saw an angel in our backyard, “As tall as the house!”  Remembering this, increased our faith even more!”

“We have great relationships with everyone in our cul-de-sac… and this ordeal has instantly and easily given us new emotional and spiritual inroads to every person.  We get to tell them how God fights for us to protect all that concerns us and His will for our lives… and that we are not at all fearful despite what the circumstances would like to dictate.  Most get it… sort of… because they’ve heard our previous conversations about our Good God.”

“So, is it possible to go back in time?  Yes!!!  And God can do it in such a way that makes it more real than even the physical realm.  There is another dimension… a Heavenly dimension, at work around us.  Just makes us want to become familiar with the Spirit realm more than ever!  God is such a GREAT God!”

“A few weeks before the incident, we posted a video clip of our son Asher, declaring the power of God.  In hindsight, this clip feels quite prophetic.” – JH & CH

Ps 91:4-12  

He shall hide thee under His feathers, He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you.  Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.  In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.



9 Responses to “A gun, angels and time travel”

  1. mariegogrouppartnerscom October 14, 2020 at 4:08 PM #

    What a sweet story!!!!! Thank you for sharing! WOW!



    • Mark Hendrickson October 14, 2020 at 8:46 PM #

      I think we all love a good story. The world has bruised us too long with sadness and disappointment. Jesus promised “life and life more abundantly”. And He’s doing it! That’s part of the value of the testimony… it has the power to create faith for the testimony to happen again, in our lives!

  2. Tracy October 14, 2020 at 5:08 PM #

    We do indeed have the expectation of favor. When things don’t look good, it’s because He isn’t finished yet. Hallelujah and praise the Living King Jesus, whose plans for us are for our good and to His glory. Acts 4:20, For we cannot help speaking about what we’ve seen and heard! Thank you for your faithful testimony. May he continue to cover you with His wings of protection and give you His peace.

    • Mark Hendrickson October 14, 2020 at 8:43 PM #

      Tracy, God is getting bigger and bigger in our eyes. He’s pulling back the blinders of this world… and even blinders caused by faulty religion… to see Him as so available, so magnanimous, so proactive, so in love with us. We’re becoming more secure in His love… and more confident to exercise in our rightful inheritance. I just love how God loves to razzle-dazzle so that the boogey-man of fear just has to take a hike… permanently!!!!! Blessings to you and yours.

  3. benkonkel October 14, 2020 at 6:11 PM #

    WOW!! This happened to YOUR son & his family?

    • Mark Hendrickson October 14, 2020 at 8:50 PM #

      Ben, Yes! And they live just one block away from my house. So within a couple minutes, I was there in the middle of it all. Our neighorhood is normally very peaceful. Lots of neighbors know each other. And there is camaraderie among our neighbors. It’s crazy, but good is already coming out of it. Some stories in the making, I can talk about soon.

  4. Tim Walls October 14, 2020 at 6:54 PM #


  5. Julie Leontsinis October 15, 2020 at 7:31 AM #

    I am in tears….this was so incredibly moving. I literally have no words right now, except- Wow, Amazing! God is so Good, and how He Loves Us! Scott and I pray daily together before we leave to work and in our prayer we ask that the Lord covers our home, property, barns, animals, (of course our kids, but that is in another part of the prayer) all with the Blood of Jesus, and that He assigns Angels according to Psalm 91:11 to watch over our property. I am certain that is part of John and Cheryl’s daily prayers as well. I am so encouraged, and THANKFUL that God is faithful and that your family is better than OK- especially now with the confirmation of the encounter. I am excited to share this story! Love you all!! Julie

    • Mark Hendrickson October 23, 2020 at 10:53 PM #

      Julie, the Spirit realm is so much bigger than we knew. And our ability to access it is easier than we knew. It’s part of our inheritance. The more we access it and hear testimonies of those who also access it, the more empowered we are in the earthly and heavenly realms. What an exciting future and frontier we have in front of us.
      Feel free to share the story… we’re pushing back ignorance, unbelief and faulty theology.
      May our awesome Lord open up bigger spiritual doors for you and Scott… and may your realities in the Spirit realm become vibrantly alive!!!
      Love to you both!

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