She hoped to see a bear while on their family vacation in Gatlinburg. About to go into town, Annette sat in the car and waited for the others to join her when she heard a strange sound. She never dreamed of the encounter she would have….
If you encounter a bear, “Hold your ground and make yourself look big—open your coat up, throw your arms up above your head—and shout and scream; a lot of times, they’re as spooked as you are,” says Tony Nester, an expert on bear survival. But what if the bear is a mother protecting her cubs?
Are Bears the Most Protective Animal Mother?
Mama bears can be the most fierce and protective of any animal when it comes to her babies. It is a widely accepted belief that the most dangerous place to be is between a mother bear and her cub. So what kept this mama bear from attack?
Family Vacation in a Gaitlinburg Cabin
Annette and David Duncan rallied their family together for a vacation in Gaitlinburg, TN. Quite a feat, when you consider there could be sixteen people. Fourteen of the family managed to come. The cabin was perfect for their children and grandchildren to vacation together.
A few days before the incident, Dave and Annette came upstairs from their room and found all of the children and grandchildren singing “Amazing Grace.” Two of their children told them the Lord had revealed through dreams and pictures that their family was under spiritual attack that week. Together, the children decided to pray protection over our family, the cabin, and the grounds. Then they began to sing praise.
Prayed to See a Bear
Most everyone had left for town one day. Annette waited with her daughter in the car for the others to join them; her granddaughter was asleep in the backseat. Annette said she had been praying to see a bear while at the cabin, and then she heard a strange sound. She got out to see what it was.
“It wasn’t unusual for someone in our large family wanting to be funny or annoying, so I hopped out and went over to the fence, about ten feet from the car, to see where the strange noise came from,” said Annette on her Facebook feed. As she leaned over the fence, she realized the sound might be the cry of a baby bear.
The Abrupt Encounter
Suddenly she felt something nudge her from behind. It didn’t feel like one of the grandchildren running to greet her, or a person bumping into her. Besides, most of the family were already in town. Confused, she turned around and found herself face-to-face with a huge mother bear. Now she was pinned between the fence and a mama bear with a crying cub on the other side. Annette said she was terrified, but tried to remain calm and act submissive.
Her first thoughts were to scream, yell, wave – like all the ‘experts’ say to do, but she sensed this was not the way to react in this situation. She says, “The Holy Spirit helped me to stay calm while giving me wisdom. I kept repeating the name of Jesus over and over in my mind.”
The mama bear sniffed, snorted, and punched Annette with her nose for about a minute. “Finally she apparently decided I was not a threat and ambled off to retrieve her cub. I ran to the car and told my daughter to stay there. I’m very grateful my granddaughter did not wake up and scream and that no one else came out of the house,” she said. One person commented on Facebook that the bear must have sensed Annette was also a fierce mama with lots of cubs to handle.
Mama Bear returned a few minutes later with her four cubs. After they left, the shaken but grateful and relieved woman went inside to tell her husband. She found him on the other side of the cabin looking out the window. “Look, Annette,” he said, “there are the bears you wanted to see.”
Her Bible devotions for that morning included this verse from Psalm 121:7-8. “Clearly, God answered in a powerful way,” said Annette Duncan.
He can do the same for you!
Does God not know the steps we take each day? His mighty Hand protects, comforts, and leads. He worked His miracle for Annette that August day in the woods. Grateful and amazed, Mrs. Duncan said she was done praying to see a bear.
Annette Duncan is an Assistant Professor of English at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. She lives with her husband, David in Franklin, WI. Follow her writings at https://annetteduncan.blogspot.com This story along with the pictures have been approved by Annette Duncan.