God’s Protection: Something to be Thankful For

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

A couple of weeks ago, as I was working through a Bible Study, I was asked to recount specific ways God has protected me.

The first memory I thought of was when I was a child at summer camp, hiking through a cave.  Somehow, the group I was with became separated from the leader taking us through the cave.  There were 5 or 6 of us and I remember us crawling through the cave on our hands and knees.  It was an extensive cave.  We would take a turn and come to a dead end and have to turn 180 degrees and try a different way.  I remember one of the girls started crying and panicking.  It still scares me now, just thinking about it.  And by the way, last month, Jason and I were hiking in Arizona and headed to an area on our map marked as a cave…I remember thinking I wouldn’t hike through it unless I could see to the other side.  Yep, I’ve never been the same.

Back to summer camp:  I don’t know how long it took us to find our way out.  But we did.  And we came out at a different location that all the other staff and campers waiting on us.  I remember being so relieved that we made it out alive.  The next summer, the cave was off limits as an option on our day hike and I still wonder if it was because of what happened the preceding year.

After this, other thoughts started flooding my mind.  And a thought that I couldn’t get out of my mind:  that I don’t have an STD.  Please hear me here:  I don’t mean this in a prideful way, but rather a very thankful realization of one of the ways God has protected me.

I’ve thought more about this concept, of God protecting us, and the exercise of recounting the ways He has.  Almost like a spiritual discipline.  For the little things day to day and the big things from our past.

I’m reminded of Exodus 33:21-23

“Then the LORD said, ‘There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock.  When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by.  Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back, but my face must not be seen.’”

I heart this verse!  It’s a clear picture of God’s provision and protection.  He puts us in the cleft of a rock and then places his hand over us in protection.

Although we all walk through the ugly and God allows this, He also protects us during the good and the bad.  This is certainly something to be thankful for as we approach Thanksgiving.

How has God protected you?  Not only today, but over the last week?  And the last couple of years?  I encourage you to take time to be still and allow God to remind you of the ways He has protected you.




2 thoughts on “God’s Protection: Something to be Thankful For

  1. Jill

    November 27, 2012  |  06:20 am

    SUCH a good reminder to think about times God has clearly protected me! I love this. I should write down accounts of these times and look back on them when my faith is weak. So funny but the first thing that comes to mind for me is when I was in my 20’s and I drove my grandma’s (old) Oldsmobile. It was a total junker and it would break down in the worst parts of town. God literally sent (kind and safe) muscular men to my rescue TWICE on TWO SEPARATE occasions at the moment of break-down! One time the car overheated near I-70 and Federal. I pulled off the road into what felt like an area where I might not be welcome and before I could figure out what to do next a nice man (who happened to be a mechanic on his way home from work!) and his teenage son came driving around the corner, stopped, and offered to help. They looked under the hood, diagnosed the exact problem (and told me not to agree to any other unnecessary work – bonus!), and helped me get the car to the shop. Another time a few months later I was pulling out into a busy intersection and the car died half-way into the street. Again, I barely had time to do one of those “Oh Lord help me!” desperation prayers– all of a sudden a car with three Gold’s Gym type guys flies around the corner, they jump out, and sweetly push my car back into a parking lot. They looked at my car and got me a can of gas (apparently it was out of gas but the indicator was broken!?) TOO much to be a coincidence! Come to think of it, Mark and I got stranded in the mountains once when we came down the wrong side of the mountain at the end of a hike. After walking for several hours, not knowing where we were, and seeing no signs of humanity (we were officially afraid we would be on the news as missing people)– out of nowhere came a family doing some four-wheeling in their Jeep! They crammed us in and drove us to the nearest town so we could call the people we had gone camping with. God is good. He keeps track of exactly where we are, what we need, AND He sends help! Thank you for the reminder girlfriend!!

    • rlforwomen

      November 27, 2012  |  06:04 pm

      I love what you said at the end: “God is good. He keeps track of exactly where we are, what we need, AND He sends help!” It’s so true. And sometimes so difficult to remember as we are going through a rough day. Thanks for your thoughts, Jill. xo

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