While at my desk studying and praying, I received a frantic call from someone in another state asking me to pray about the weather since the predictions do not look good. The verse to a Hymn we sing at Church came to mind:
“In heavenly Love abiding, No change my heart shall fear;
And safe is such confiding, For nothing changes here.
The storm may roar without me, My heart may low be laid;
But God is round about me, And can I be dismayed?”
Isaiah 41:10 states “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.” These words appear to me to be a promise and I will take them as such.
Driving home from Church yesterday, there is a 7 or 8 mile narrow two-lane road with a speed limit of 45 miles per hour. No passing the entire way is permitted. There was a car ahead of me and a small truck pulling a small trailer ahead of it going anywhere from thirty to forty miles an hour. All at once, behind me came a very large truck speeding and had to slow to follow this procession. While watching him, I could almost feel his frustration and thought I needed to pray. Often, I will find myself irritated at impatience like that but I knew I needed to see the driver as a child of God and know that God never made an aggressive bully!
The truck behind me sped out to pass all three of us and at the same time, the car ahead of me put on his blinker to turn and pulled out. As he saw this large truck coming at him, he quickly returned to his lane and the truck just sped past. There was such protection for us all and I knew it was God. Had I been angry and bitter about this vehicle behind me, there could have easily been a crash and maybe even a fatal one from all of our positions.
Then the three Hebrew boys being thrown into the fire came to my thought. Had Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego had fear, anger, or vengeance in their heart, possibly they would have perished. Daniel 3:27 reads “And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them. ” I feel sure that it was the gratitude and humility in their hearts that saved them.
While reading the story of Noah and the ark in Genesis, there was a couple of points that really stood out to me. Genesis 5:16 states “You shall make a window for the ark, and finish it to a cubit from the top; and set the door of the ark in the side of it; you shall make it with lower, second, and third decks.” This means to me that Noah could look up not out over the devastation and destruction. Shouldn’t we look toward God as well? Keep our focus on God and not, the negative. Also, he followed every instruction and there is no where that any type of steering device was mentioned. Doesn’t that mean that God has the wheel? That is applicable today. God has the wheel!
Today I will practice listening and not deciding what is best for me.
If one really wants to be humbled and in awe, he needs to contemplate the power of God, from finite to infinite. As I was looking out my window at my plants growing toward the light, a flock of birds flew over in perfect formation. Even as they change directions, they are aligned. The one God governs All and how can we ever doubt that Truth. Often we think we are alone with our challenges, but how can that be if you look out at nature? Joshua 1:5 reads, “No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” To me, that is very clear and reassures me of my protection. Either God is all or nothing. I choose All!
This last week was spent in gratitude for all the protection I have felt over the years. I even included gratefulness for times when I was protected and didn’t even realize it. Then, yesterday in Church we sang a hymn which included these lines:
“Holy Father, Thou hast taught us
We should live to Thee alone;
Year by year, Thy hand hath brought us
On through dangers oft unknown.”
Times like this are cherished as I feel His closeness.
Last night we had quite a storm with quarter-sized hail and strong winds with thunder and lightening. Large limbs were blown off our trees and bounced upon and off our roof. Knowing I needed to work about releasing fear and anxiety, I do what I always do. Pray. After working with the 91st Psalm, I was gently reminded of a verse of a favorite hymn that reads,
“The storm my roar without me,
My heart may low be laid;
But God is round about me,
And can I be dismayed?”
Peace soon replaced fear and this morning, my husband found no damage to either of our cars or roof. I am so grateful for the protection we received.