Here is the play-by-play of an event that happened to my daughter and myself, that I hope will remind you of how much Jesus loves you and protects you in ways you can’t even begin to understand.
It was a typical morning, running around getting things gathered up to take to the car, making sure Joy had breakfast, that I had at least my second cup of coffee going and keeping an eye on the clock. I had been making a list in my head of everything we needed to get done to be able to get out the door on time and then, off we went.
I’ve shared with you before that I make every effort to pray before my silver car leaves my driveway for God’s mighty hand of protection over our vehicle and those of us in it. Joy has learned that we pray before we take off, and she has begun saying “Amen” too — and every time it just melts my heart. (I bet Jesus smiles even bigger than I do when He hears the little ones pray too.)
I went to put the car in reverse and the thought crossed my mind that maybe I had not locked the deadbolt on the door. But I knew I had, I could replay it in my head where Joy was standing when I heard the click of the door and had told her to stay right there with me until mommy was done.
So, I just knew that door was locked and we needed to be on our way.
However, the thought wouldn’t leave me, so I figured what harm was it for me to hop out of the car real quick and double check?
I popped out of the car, checked the door and, just as I thought, we were good to go.
I hopped back in the car and we were on the way.
I was on the phone with my mother-in-law, as we approached several people getting out of their cars. There it was, a three-car accident. The accident had just happened, and the folks involved in the accident were just getting out of their vehicles.
That is right, the accident had just happened in the 10 seconds or so before we happened upon the scene.
Some who might read this would call that 10-second delay Joy and I had a coincidence. I call it the mighty protection of God. There’s no doubt in my mind that He was honoring our prayer of protection.
This isn’t the first time I’ve encountered His hand of protection over my life, in similar situations, even in ones I’ve written about before — but it is a deeper level of gratefulness when your child is sitting in the back sit.
Each time I’ve seen His hand of protection over my life, I’m reminded that He isn’t done with me yet. That He still has plans for my life and that I’m to share how He protected me and Joy that particular morning.
I wonder how many times He has protected us from such events like the accident mentioned above or any other kind of potential life-changing events, and we just don’t even have a clue.
The Bible says in Psalms “But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You. For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield” (Psalm 5:11-12).
I ask you to think about the times when you’ve hurriedly gone about your day and have come upon a situation and wondered if it was coincidence or if it was Jesus that protected you. The Bible is a plan about God’s protection over us. We should not just sweep those thoughts under the rug — we need to tell the world about how much He loves us.
This is just one of the many stories I can share about how He loves me, and now as a mother, how much He loves my precious little Joy.
This is one of those stories for her baby book. I want her to look back over her life when she is older, and see and understand about the power of prayer, the power of a mighty God and how He had plans for her, even when she was a toddler.
Julie Wells is the editorial assistant in the newsroom at the Rockdale Citizen. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.