Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Divine Protection

Greetings to you my blog friends !! Thank you for your sweet comments, I appreciated every one of them ...... and yes, I do recognize you, Anonymous! Your voice gave you away ! smile

I am back from my vacation time ! I had a wonderful time and am sorting out the things I am eager to share with you. I have a busy day today but I will post some photos in the next couple of days and tell a story of God’s thread of plan and purpose.
The past two weeks we have spent holidaying with our Mississippi friends, Benji and Tammie and their daughter McKenzie. God was sooo present in and among us every day.

Today, I want to give God glory for His protective Hand. Truly He gives His angels power to protect His own.
Psa 91:11 "For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone."

We experienced the practical truth of this scripture last week two days in a row.

On Thursday we were driving speed limit along the highway when the car behind us pulled out to pass. The young man at the wheel was holding a cell phone to his ear.
There was an oncoming car approaching fast – and we slowed seeing the collision about to happen!
At the last possible second the passing car pulled back into our lane. The oncoming car was struggling to maintain control from having slammed on his brakes to avoid a head on crash. We were all shaken ….but the cell phone driver didn’t miss a beat – it was like he was oblivious to how close he came to having his life suspended.

Then on Friday morning we were once again on route to enjoy our day’s planned activities. Our granddaughters had a day off school so they were with us.
We had switched vehicles with my daughter – their van for our car so that we could all ride together. Vic was driving with Benji in the front passenger seat. Tammie and I were sitting in the middle seats, in front of our three girls.
Tammie and I were looking back, listening to my granddaughter tell a story.

The two lane freeway traffic in front of us suddenly slowed to a stop with bumper to bumper stalled vehicles as far as we could see.
Tammie and I were still listening to my granddaughter’s story when I was startled by a sudden blue flash up against my granddaughter’s head and I screamed. I am not a screamer but the sudden shock of the moment unnerved me.

When the moment had passed we pieced together the details.
The car behind us was not paying attention to the road but the elderly driver and his wife were either looking to see if they could exit the free way to avoid the traffic stall or were just focused on the scenery. By the time the driver looked back there was no time to stop – he was travelling way too fast.
Vic watched him in his rear view mirror …. He said he SAW the accident happen .. there was simply no way to avoid it.
Tammie was sitting in such a way that she too saw it coming and knew he was going to hit us.
The flash of blue I saw ( probably the car’s windows , since the car color was maroon) was him swerving past our van with maybe a thread’s width to spare. I screamed, and then heard Tammie repeat… “thank you , Jesus !”

Facilitating the miracle was that for some unknown reason there was a car length space beside us. We were the last car to stop in our lane but the lane beside us stretched a few cars behind us. Bumper to bumper traffic and a space beside us? The maroon car swerved into that space and them swung back in front of us. I think an angel had hold of the wheel because in hind sight it seems impossible for him to do what he did. There just wasn’t enough space …and he would have had to be some kind of expert behind the wheel.
As long as we followed the maroon car, the driver’s wife sat with her head in her hands obviously suffering from shock.
May God speak into their hearts convicting them of their need to know Him - life is too fragile to risk living without God.

After we knew we had escaped a serious accident, my granddaughter,Elise, lightened the moment by her remark. “I wondered what I had said that suddenly had everyone soo excited!” Even there we saw the tender heart of God – He thought to hold His hand over the girls’ emotions that they were spared any memory of fear.

It took all of us a long time to settle down…. Over and over we thanked God for His protection – for putting His hand in between us and imminent danger.

We serve a great God and to be His child is a great privilege. Our deep appreciation and gratitude to Him covered our day …. And the memory is tucked into all of our hearts as a reminder of the love and protection God exercises over us everyday, whether we are aware of it or not !

I share this experience because I believe it can also strengthen your faith to KNOW how real God’s protection is over you. What God does for one of His children… He does for all ! He is no respecter of persons. What a perfect, loving Father He is !!!!


Lovella said...

Julie, WELCOME back. . So glad you had such wonderful moments of experiencing God's protection on your lives. It reminded me of Oswald Chamber yesterday .. Out of the wreck we rise.
Anyways, I can't WAIT to see the pictures. . I'll be back.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you recognized my voice. :) Glad you are back and soooo thankful that God kept his hand on all of you and kept you safe! Looking forward to your new postings! Love ya! GH

Judy said...

It's good to have you back...safe and sound! The freeway traffic was at a near standstill past our place on Friday around noon...it sounds like you may have got caught up in that.

I'll be back to hear all about 'the lessons learned' while you've been away.

Vicki said...

Oh, wow. Praise God that His protection was around you and yours. I was holding my breath as I read your post...whew!

Welcome back, Julie! I've missed you!!

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Great post.

My husband and I had similar experiences on a long car trip we took two years ago. Nothing quite so near a miss as yours, but enough to know that we were being protected.

Lavinia Ladyslipper said...

Julie, my heart was nearly standing still as I read of your harrowing experiences in the car. My goodness; it never ceases to amaze me, the idiocy of some careless people who jeapordize not only their own lives but also the lives of total strangers who share the road.

I am so glad that the dark hour did not find you and you are all safe and sound.

Julie, one must be vigilant at all times, but even that is not enough; only God can provide the ultimate protection. He safeguards our lives; but we must ask for protection, humbly, and leave it in God's hands.

Again, I am glad you eluded disaster.