Genesis 50.20 "But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive."

One day my son, Joel, wanted some sausage patties to cook for breakfast. I told him I'd run down to the local grocery store, Wall's IGA, and get that item plus a few more things. I picked up my hand basket and went back to the meat department. As I approached the meat, I saw a lady I had went to school with. I patted her on the back and said, "Hey, how are you doing?"

The next thing I knew, I was laying on my back about 15 feet away from where I had stood, my glasses were bent and blood was seeping from a small cut on the side of my face. The first thought that came to my mind was, "Lord, why did this happen to me?" The Lord spoke quietly, "They nailed me to the cross." I then knew that the Lord was in control.

I sat up, and there stood a demon possessed man who had been stalking this lady. He had beat on her, and she was trying to get away from him. I asked the store manager to call the police, because in my experience with these types of individuals, I didn't know what to expect next. Innocent people could be seriously hurt. The manger said, "The phone is up front, you can go use it."

I could barely see because of my bent glasses, and I told the man who had hit me not to go anywhere. He was just going to walk out like nothing happened. The verse of scripture, Psalm 105.15, "Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm" came to my mind. I said to myself, "Fellow, you done hit the wrong man."

The police came and took my statement, the lady's and the man's. I went to the Magistrate Court and filed a warrant against the man.

At the courtroom, justice was served, and I got the opportunity to witness to a room full of people. Later, I went to the store manager's church and attended the Sunday School class he taught. He was teaching about Joseph who was wronged by his brothers and sold into slavery. Joseph had seen God's hand in this and did not hold unforgiveness in his heart towards his brothers. I testified in his class what had happened to me in the grocery store and it was uplifting to him and his class.

A few weeks later, I saw the man who hit me in McDonald's. A Christian friend, Mike, and I witnessed to him and prayed for him. He had a history of assaulting men and women but nobody ever took him to court.

Something further good came out of this incident. My jaw had been out of place, and the man's hit knocked it back in place.

Romans 8.28 "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

Irvin L. Rozier

About the Author

author of My Walk with the Lord,, preacher, retired US Army