Years ago we lived in 2 states for just over a year. Bob was in Maryland nearly all the time, and we were in North Carolina sixty percent of the time. Although we traveled back and forth to see each other, it was tough. One of the hardest parts for me at first was going to bed at night without my husband.
As I closed my eyes each night, I’d ask God to watch over us and to wake me if I needed to do something.
Not long after I had to confront this situation, I heard someone on the radio comment that it doesn’t do any good to watch if God’s not watching. That puts a whole new perspective on it doesn’t it?
Recently, we had an earthquake. The house shook, and I thought a tree had fallen. It shook some more, and I thought the tree bounced. It shook some more, and I thought it must have hit the house on the way down. I went to the other room to ask Drew about it, but he felt nothing. I returned to the den and sat down. The house shook some more. I looked up and saw the walls leaning. In reality it was probably the whole house. I thought to myself, “I’ve never seen wind move the house.” I thought about the hurricane that was days away, and I thought about a tornado. I ran to a window, pulled back the curtain, and watched my van shake back and forth. I started to return to my desk, but Drew suggested we take cover. As I reached for my laptop, he suggested we get out of the house so it wouldn’t fall on us.
Several days later, Drew commented that I have no survival instinct.
All I could say was that if God wanted to call me home He would.
Honestly, that whole thing did not scare me the least little bit. I would love to tell you that I am a brave sole, but that wasn’t it. The truth is that for whatever reason, it never occurred to me that I was in any danger. After I decided it wasn’t a tornado, I gave no thought to taking cover.
Was I simply oblivious? Or was it that same faith that let me sleep each night my husband and I were almost 5 hours apart? Only God really knows for sure.
And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul: And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.
2 Samuel 22:1-3
Today’s challenge is to realize that it won’t matter how much you are watching if God isn’t protecting you. We are not to tempt God. We are to take proper precautions to protect ourselves. May you act appropriately to what is going on around you in dangerous situations, but may you also remember that God is in charge.