Monday, September 5, 2011

Invisible Protection

Wouldn't it be fascinating to be able to see into the spiritual realm?  Or perhaps entirely too frightening.  I love the story of Elisha and his servant and how they found themselves surrounded by the Syrians.
"And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, "Alas, my master! What shall we do?" So he answered, "Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them." And Elisha prayed, and said, "LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see." Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha."  II Kings 6:15-17
The servants response is so typical and probably exactly what I would have said too:  "We're dead.  Look, we're surrounded.  We should at least try to walk out of here waving a white flag."  Elisha didn't tell the servant about the angels of the Lord who were there to protect them; he prayed and the servant was shown them.  How many times has God patiently and kindly shown us a glimpse of His power when we've doubted Him?  And isn't it fascinating how God used blindness then to confuse the army?  God opened one man's eyes to the spiritual realm and then blinded thousands of others.   God's ways are powerful and mysterious.  Who can understand them?  All we can do is marvel and praise Him.

We recently experienced God's invisible protection on our trip to Colorado last week:

  • Our car severely overheated just as we began to ascend into the mountains west of Denver.  The location was perfect as we were close enough to roll back down the mountain and find a repair shop shortly before it closed.
  • We avoided a major car accident perhaps because of this incident.  We don't know the details, but saw a helicopter onsite right where we had to pull off and turn around earlier. 
  • Jeff suffered a burn when the car overheated, but it was nominal enough to only cause a minor (albeit painful) injury.  It could have been much worse.  
  • We had a car turn right in front of us on our way home.  Jeff swerved and slammed on his brakes and just barely missed a major collision.  
  •  There was a rock slide that crashed down onto the winding mountain highway right before we drove down the road. 
  • We survived my brother's distracted driving in the San Juan mountains.  I think his guardian angel must be getting overtime pay.  
 Isn't God's care for us amazing?

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