It was a gorgeous sun shiny day. My fiance called and wanted to know if I wanted to have a picnic that day. I said of course that would be fun. A picnic lunch was packed with potato salad,fried chicken, baked beans, and chocolate cake. He picked me up about 10:00 AM. We chatted about our week at work and about church on Sunday. We drove about 20 miles to a park I had never been to. There were trees and a lazy little brook. We took our shoes off and waded in the water. We talked about our up-coming life together. We even talked about how many children we would like to have. It was a lovely day just to talk about God and how he was blessing us. I was nineteen and had been only dating for about a year. He was a year younger but had much more dating experience.
After eating our lunch. We decided to explore some of the trails. The park was extremely deserted for such a beautiful day. We began to walk deeper into the woods. My fiance became somewhat quiet and distant making me wonder what was on his mind. Questioning him about his change of demeanor , he said he had a fight with his parents before picking me up. He assured me that he was fine and it had nothing to do with us. Still being concerned I asked him if we could pray about the situation. He said he would rather not at that time. I felt a little uneasy, but was not aware of what the next few minutes would bring.
We approached a clearing and there was an oldbridge, the swinging kind. It seemed kind of rickety, but we proceeded to start to cross it. Talking about how beautiful it was there, I looked over and saw a dark expression on my fiances face. His eyes seemed distant and cold, not like the man I had been chatting with earlier. Then he asked me if I knew why he had taken me to this deserted park. Thinking he was joking I said because he loved having me to himself. He said no and put his hands around my neck in a choking manner. He said he was going to kill me and it would be months before I was found, if ever.
Responding to the threat I began praying toJesus profusely, trying to not show any fear. Giggling I told him he was being silly. He had no intentions of hurting me. After all he loved me too much. He just stared at me for several minutes. Then he dropped his hands. Without saying a word we began walking back to the car. Thanking God for saving me I tried to act normal. My mind was confused and shaken; how could I have been so stupid to get into this situation. He took me home without saying a word. Realizing he had a serious dark side that I had not detected before, I knew I had to find away out of this relationship. Thankfully, a month later I had the courage to break up with him. The Lord truly is our salvation and protection. Isaiah 42:10 says Do not be afraid for I am right here with you.