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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Life Happened to Me


“The Lord is gracious and righteous;
    our God is full of compassion.
The Lord protects the unwary;
    when I was brought low, he saved me.

Return to your rest, my soul,
    for the Lord has been good to you.

For you, Lord, have delivered me from death,
    my eyes from tears,
    my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before the Lord
    in the land of the living” (Psalm 116:5-9, NIV).



I wrote a devotional several days ago about life happening. Last night life happened to me. When I got home after my life-happening experience, I found these verses in Psalm 116. They explained perfectly what God had done for me. A half hour earlier I had experienced His gracious compassion and His protection in a way I had not anticipated. After church I was hit by another vehicle. As I felt the impact, I sensed His divine presence surrounding me, holding back injury and protecting me from harm. His supernatural peace filled my mind, and I watched the accident happen without worry or concern. I was safe in His embrace. In that one second, I knew I was His, and He had this shocking circumstance completely in His control. My friend, Melanie, was following me when it happened. The Holy Spirit supplied her to be my strength and shelter after the accident was over. These verses in Psalm 116 describe exactly what I experienced. I knew He had delivered me from death. Immediately following the accident, I did not fall apart. He kept my eyes from tears. I walked and talked calmly to the police and paramedics. He kept my feet from stumbling. By His grace, I am here today and walk securely in His presence in the land of the living.


We never know when life will happen. We never know when these sudden moments will come out of nowhere. You can't know God's presence in these sudden fearful times unless you have practiced His presence in all your moments. Seek Him; know Him, and obey Him in whatever He asks. He loved you enough to give His life so that you might life. Love Him in all your moments.


“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
     I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
     I will be with him in trouble,
   I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation” (Psalm 91:14-16, NIV).



The Lord is my life, and last night He protected mine. I love Him with every breath that I take.



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