“David said: ‘This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety…my God and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you…If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up…so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone…The Lord says, ‘I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation’” (Ps 91:2-16 NLT).
When I read these words, they bring such comfort. Today I allowed my coffee to boil in the microwave (didn’t realize it) and when the boiling coffee hit the cold air, it “exploded like a volcano” covering every surface area. If it had been a full cup, it would have burned my face. As it was, it burned my hand temporarily (the one holding the cup). Yet, God protected me (from my own stupidity).
There have been so many times throughout my life when He has shown me how He has protected me (or our family) so that when we walk through a valley a day, week, or month later, I know I can trust Him with the situation.
We had confirmation of some unexpected news this week. We were warned of the possibility last week and instead of “worrying” (my old go to emotion), I declared out loud, “God will supply as only He can.” And when the news was confirmed yesterday, instead of getting upset, I waited and God showed me how He would provide. I didn’t even have a chance this time to get upset … He answered immediately.
I didn’t use to live this way….but I’m so grateful He has taught me how to live in His peace, to trust Him no matter what the circumstances look like. I live from the perspective of resting in His love. He wants to work things out for our good so that He gets the glory, instead of the mindset of “He’s out to punish me and doesn’t care how miserable I have to get in the process.”
The key is to invite Him into the situation so we can watch Him move.
© Cheri Swalwell 2020