For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. ~Psalm 91: 11-12
It’s Day 6 of the Thanksgiving Challenge and today I’m thankful for God’s incredible Protection.
On Monday, St Louis had its first snow of the season. A snow that broke records! And a snow that took the city by surprise at rush hour!
We all knew the weather report, the rain that would turn to sleet then snow, and the falling temperatures. We all thought it would still be somewhat manageable. It was 68° the day before! Could things really get THAT bad outside in less then 24 hours?!?!
I watched the beautiful snowfall, and ignored my gut feeling to head home before the normal rush hour traffic.
Instead, I chose to listen to advice from a friend who said…
“Why are the weather forecasts trying to scare people? The ground is too warm from the amazing weather yesterday! The snow won’t stick or create any real hazzard!”
When I got in my car for the evening commute home, I was met with dangerous driving conditions. The black ice caught several drivers off guard creating wrecks on every major highway, in every direction!
I turned on the radio for the traffic reports and much to my dismay, I heard my worst nightmare, “270 NB Accident, 55 SB Accident, 70 WB Accident, 44 EB at Hampton, you guessed it Accident!” If I had a dollar for every accident, I could have bought the whole family dinner and dessert at the nicest restaurant in the city!
I only had a few minutes to think before I saw the break lights of grid lock traffic, and felt the swerve of my own tires on a small patch of ice. I started to pray. I thanked God for giving me a safe car with good tires.
I started thinking of all the worst possible snow scenarios…. “What if my 20 minute commute turns into 3 hours? What if I slide off the road? What if another car hits me? What if I get stranded in this dark, cold, desolate night?” I then realized I had a full tank of gas, a good cell charge, a bag of books, and a blanket in the back (just in case). I really would be fine, as long as I didn’t get hungry.
I kept praying and I checked my cell phone for an alternative route. I found I still had time to get off at the next exit before joining 4 lanes of stopped traffic ahead of me.
Yay!!! I found a way to avoid the mess on the highway, however, I still had to navigate the side roads which were just as dangerous! Driving the lowest speed possible, I made it home safely in less time then some of my friends who got caught up in 3 hour traffic jams!!
God promises in Psalm 91 He will protect us. I can buy a safe car and fill it with gas, but only God can keep that car safely on the road in hazardous conditions. He can shield me from the dangers of being hit by another car, and He can lead me to roads that are clear from gridlock traffic.
I truly believe in the supernatural world. There are spiritual forces always at work behind the scenes, we do not see with our human eyes. But take heart and commit these words to memory for it is God’s promise of protection for those who love Him.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.
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. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you make the Most High your dwelling, even the Lord who is my refuge, then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his Angel’s concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call upon me, and I will answer him. With a long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”