On Friday night (1/8/2010) I watched a 20/20 program which featured former model Katie Piper. Ms. Piper was victimized by a man who, among other crimes he committed against her, hired someone to throw sulfuric acid on her face. Her life was forever changed.
I was touched by her story. I have also been victimized, though the crime against me was of a different nature. However, the impact of the crime against me was as terrifying for me as the crime against Ms. Piper was for her. My life will never be what it was.
The attack had stolen her identity and crushed her spirit. “I’ve never been like this where there’s no point in waking up,” she said.” (Katie Piper’s Story: 20/20)
There are times I also wanted to die.
“… the fear did not wear off. She was terrified of anyone approaching the house. Even the doorbell was immobilizing.
“It was like having a child again, instead of having a woman,” her father said. “If somebody dropped a tray, she would nearly come off the bed. …She was so frightened of men, generally, and just anything that was scary.” (Katie Piper’s Story: 20/20)
I know that fear. I became jumpy, fearful, a recluse. I did not trust strangers, and sometimes not even those I knew.
For over a year, Piper only left her home for trips to the hospital. (Katie Piper’s Story: 20/20)
For over a year, I left home only for necessary trips. I let my car go because I was afraid to drive alone. When I left my home I was walking out the door getting into someone’s else’s car.
“Her next milestone was leaving the house alone. Piper took a short walk into town. It was an emotional moment for Piper and her mother.” (Katie Piper’s Story: 20/20)
According to the 20/20 program, it took Ms. Piper a year to be able to take that walk. It also took me over a year before I could take a walk alone. The day I was forced by circumstances to walk a short distance to the store and back home, I was so excited, I called my sister and a friend and told them about it.
After being attacked, I realized what evil there was in the world. (Katie Piper’s Story: 20/20)
Before I became victimized, I knew there was evil in the world, but it wasn’t until I was personally touched by it that I realized how depraved this world really is. It’s very, very dangerous.
The Bible tells us that things will get better:
But there are new heavens and a new earth that we are awaiting according to his promise, and in these righteousness is to dwell. (2 Peter 3:13)
The Living God Jehovah is giving us an opportunity to live in a world free from crime of any sort, right here on earth:
For evildoers themselves will be cut off, but those hoping in Jehovah are the ones that will possess the earth. And just a little while longer, and the wicked one will be no more; and you will certainly give attention to his place, and he will not be. But the meek ones themselves will possess the earth, and they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace. (Psalms 37:9-11)
“Exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.” How does that sound to you? Take the time to learn about that wonderful new world that we are awaiting. It won’t be long now. Would you like to be there? I think if you took the time to learn about it you would. For more information, browse this blog, or visit the links below.
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