Saturday, August 4, 2012

Day 4: Protector

The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. Psalm 18:2 (New Living Translation)

It just takes a second. Less than a second for your life to change.

My daughter was chattering away, excited about passing her favorite mall and Joe’s Crab Shack. My son was in another world, playing his Nintendo 3DS in the back seat. I was driving, looking forward to making it home and seeing my husband, thinking about calling him because I was now in very familiar territory on a highway not far from his mother’s house

A minivan passed in front of me and before my eyes a large piece of metal came from under the minivan and was headed right for my car—my husband’s practically brand new car that I drove to Rockford to spend the night for my brother’s birthday celebration. The car that even as I was backing out of the driveway, my husband gave a final shine to make the black exterior glisten in the sun.

It seemed like it was happening in slow motion but it only took a second. The large, rusty piece of metal about the size of bread box seemed like it was headed for the hood of the car or the windshield.  I swerved. I thought for an instant maybe I had avoided it, but then I heard a clunk to the side and then I heard the thud of the tire.

But as I pulled over to the side of the road, the aroma of burned rubber getting stronger, I was thankful to God that the metal had not gone through the windshield, injured my daughter or son or caused a major accident on the expressway. I was grateful for life and God’s protection.

God is my protector. Have you ever looked back over your life and shudder at the things that could have happened. I know I have. The time I walked out of the house when I was about three years old and a stranger found me (maybe he was an angel) and brought me home. The time I got off the wrong train in Harlem on my way to my aunt’s house and walked through the unfamiliar streets of Harlem at night until I found a familiar one. The times when I was studying abroad in Spain when I would walk home alone in the wee hours of the morning. The times my family was driving on the highway during tornado weather and we made it to our destination safely. The stupid and even dangerous situations that I put myself in.

Then there are those dangers unseen. Those times that the Enemy had an attack set for my life. But it did not come near me because the angels of the Lord were surrounding me and I didn’t even know it. Those traps others set for you and they fell in them or they didn’t harm you. Or those times when you don’t have time to think, only react and God guides you. His still, small voice keeps you calm, even in the midst of a crisis.

God is our protector. And even if my car accident had ended differently, he still would be. But I thank Him that he spared me and my family. The tire was fixed and we made it home safely.

 If it had ended differently, I would be with the Lord. He would still be good and He would still be a protector. But since I’m still here, He still has purpose for me to fulfill in this life. And I thank Him for His protection.

The greatest protection is salvation. God’s gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ.

But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:3

Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. Psalm 91:3-7

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right ahnd; the sun will nat harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. Psalm 121:5-8

Reflection and Response
How has God protected you?

I thank God for being my protector who…

I thank Him for…

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