A couple of weeks ago, I had an appointment in the afternoon. The appointment was not too far from home, but was far from work, since my job is fifty miles away from home. I considered asking my boss to leave work early, at two o’clock in the afternoon. But in the end, I decided instead to ask if I could work from home that day. This would allow me more time to get work done, since I didn’t have to worry about the commute to and from my place of employment.
That day on the interstate, there was a fiery crash, involving three tractor trailers. This accident occurred around 2:30 PM. And it occurred around the same area where I would have been at 2:30, if I had left work early as originally planned. Could I have been involved? It’s possible. I will never know for sure. But I thank God for His protection on that particular day, and every day. I have to wonder how many times He has protected each of us, without our knowing it.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” – Psalm 91:2
This reminds me of the story in the Old Testament. The king of Aram did not like the prophet Elisha because Elisha was always one step ahead of him. When the king of Aram would plan to attack Israel, Elisha knew what he was up to and would warn the king of Israel. One day the king of Aram was fed up with Elisha and decided to go after him. But in 2 Kings 6: 14-17, it says:
Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city. When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked. “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
God helps us so much each and every day. I am convinced that there are so many things He does to protect us in our daily lives that we don’t even realize. Thinking about this helps me to worry less. I tend to worry a lot, about things that are important and things that I know are truly insignificant. But when we look around and see the hand of God on our lives, the worries don’t seem quite so troublesome anymore. And this makes me want to praise God for His goodness and for His divine protection!
“Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, my soul. I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.” – Psalm 146:1-2