breath of fresh air to encounter stories of courage and heroism that mirror the teachings of the Bible. One such narrative involves 13-year-old Owen Burns from Michigan, who courageously defended his sister from an attempted kidnapper using only a slingshot. Owen’s actions serve as a modern-day parallel to the biblical story of David and Goliath, highlighting the power of faith, quick thinking, and resourcefulness.
When Owen witnessed someone trying to abduct his 8-year-old sister in the woods behind their house, he didn’t hesitate to act. Mirroring the actions of David in 1 Samuel 17:49, Owen used a rock and a slingshot to defend his sister, striking the suspect once in the forehead and once in the chest, causing him to flee. This reminds us of the verse, “David put his hand in his bag, took a stone, and slung it, and struck the Philistine in his forehead; and the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth” (1 Samuel 17:49).
Owen’s mother, Margaret Burns, expressed her gratitude for her son’s David-like actions, saying, “Just happy we were able to celebrate her eighth birthday that Saturday after. I mean, we could have been celebrating a funeral.” Owen’s response to the dangerous situation not only saved his sister but also demonstrated the importance of being vigilant and prepared to protect those we love.
The story of Owen Burns is not merely an account of a teenager’s bravery; it is a testament to the enduring relevance of biblical teachings in our daily lives. Just as David trusted in the Lord and used what was available to him to defeat Goliath, Owen displayed presence of mind by using a simple child’s toy to protect his sister from harm. It is a reminder that faith, combined with resourcefulness, can empower us to overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges.
Owen’s actions serve as an inspiration for us all, reminding us that we too can be heroes in our own right when we draw upon our faith and resourcefulness. The Bible teaches us that with God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26), and Owen’s story reaffirms this timeless truth. Watch the video below to witness the full story of Owen’s courageous act.