After coming to a complete stop today at a four-way stop, which has a flashing red light, I pulled into the intersection to make a left turn, and that was when it happened.
Psalm 91: 9-12 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.
Many times we read the promise that says that He gives His angels charge over us to keep us in all of our ways and we just let it go right over our head as if it were fiction or something the writer said to just fill space on a page, however I have always taken that promise very seriously and I pray it over my family every day and have had it proved to me many times in the past. I am going to tell you about one of those times.
There is a flashing light on our street where Fontaine, which comes off of the EW Conn. crosses Nickajack Road. I drove up to the sign and made a full stop, there were no other cars on either side of me so after I had made my stop I pulled into the middle of the intersection when suddenly there was a white car coming at me full speed and showing no signs of stopping! I was already in his path and didn’t have time to think about what to do when it seemed my mind slowed down and I began to think, “I didn’t know this is how I was going to die, who is going to tell my sister that I will not be at the meeting, who is going to tell my son and daughter that I am dead?” It’s peculiar how it seems you have hours of conversation with yourself in what really is just split seconds. As the car got to me I put my foot on the brake and my hand on the horn and at the last second he swerved to his left going around and barely missing me by inches roaring past me and onto the grass median, still swerving and then back onto Fontaine going away from me. I was so stunned I couldn’t move for what seemed an interminable amount of time with my hand still on the horn and my foot firmly planted on the brake! I was shaking and suddenly gripped with a crushing headache. I had been thinking that I was ready, even desired, to die but that was a very close call and suddenly I felt that I needed to live, maybe that was the thing God wanted to show me.
My grandfather used to end his prayers by saying, “Thank you God for protecting us from dangers both seen and unseen.” That day, as has happened many times, I was kept safe and I was able to go on to the meeting where I was the speaker!
Thanks be to God for always sending His angels who do have “charge over me to keep me in all my ways!”