1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
This is my favorite Psalm. It is such a comforting psalm for times of trouble…especially the first part where we are told that if we are dwelling in the shelter of the Most High that we are resting in the shadow of the Almighty. What a picture of protection.
I have had several occasions in the past few weeks to feel like I was living out this Psalm. The first occasion I actually drove our old vehicle – (which has a brand new engine in it and a bunch of other new everything on that engine…and my husband is a maintenance geek…which is why we get 300k or more on our vehicles…so I had no reason to worry at all.) Anyway, I was driving this older vehicle down to a Doctor’s appointment in Columbus, which is about an hour drive from our house. I drove it there and planned to go to the bank afterward…well, the place I was at no longer had a bank that I needed. So I had to drive back toward home, but in a big circle. I was still 30 minutes from home. I went into the bank and did my business, then came out and started the vehicle and put my foot on the brake and the lights came on and the pedal went all the way down to the floor with a screeching noise. I said, “Oh, this just cannot be happening…then my next thought was that I was grateful to God that the brake line did not blow while I was driving around all over the place.” So I called a tow truck…thank goodness for AAA. The vehicle was towed for repair and my husband picked me up to take me home. The vehicle was getting two new brake lines and a master cylinder.
So, that vehicle being in the shop, the next morning I had a couple beekeeping classes to teach up about 40 minutes North of our house. So I took the new car, (only about a year and a half old). I am not a morning person by any means, and it was only 7:30am when I headed up the highway to the next exit to then drive on to the church where our clubs seminar was being held. I got to the exit and stopped at the light and was feeling the early morning relaxed feeling of still working on the coffee, and enjoying the music on the radio, when suddenly the car starts blinking lights and bells going off. “Tire Pressure is low”…I was completely unprepared for this noisy mess of sound…about jumped out of my skin in shock….just as if someone had got in the car behind me and suddenly poured a cup of cold water on my head! I thought to myself…”What the *(&^! This seems a bit of an over-reaction by the car to a low tire!”
I drove to the station and got out and walked around looking at the tires (did I mention that it was raining?) I saw nothing wrong, so thought, “Oh well, that was a bit much for low pressure..I will just put air in it when I get back home!” I didn’t give it much more thought, but drove on to the church which was about another 25 minutes away.
Well, when I got to the church and got out in the rain, I heard the tell-tale “Psssss” sound of a tire losing pressure. That tire was flat in 5 minutes…the rear passenger side. Again….God kept a blow out from happening on the road. So, the 2nd day in a row, but for a different vehicle I was calling AAA. Turns out that apparently there was a screw on the road somewhere and I magically found it! The AAA guy could not put my spare on because the manufacturer has chosen to use capped lug nuts which rapidly get rust under them and swell up so that the lug wrench will not fit….so that car had to be towed also, where they could plug the tire, and change out the lug nuts all over the car for me.
So, both vehicles get back in operation…about 2 weeks go by and I am driving the old one again. This time I drove to buy feed and then over to the grocery store where my youngest daughter works. This being Holy Week I decided to go ahead and get the Easter Dinner supplies….this was on Monday. I shopped, visited with my daughter during her break, then took my groceries loaded them into the vehicle…and it happened again.
I started it up, put my foot on the brake and it went to the floor with a screech! I was very upset, after all, (not knowing that there are more than 2 brake lines) I thought that there was a repair error of colossal proportions. I did only manage to say one bad word…for which I was pretty proud of myself…so even though I was upset, I was feeling really calm. I realized immediately that I was grateful for God’s divine intervention in the situation…after all, that brake line could have failed on the road. So, of the 4 tows per year that I have…now I have one left. Up until this past year, I had never used one at all. So AAA sets up my third tow for me….took two hours for them to arrive to do the tow. However, once again, my husband was on his way home from work, and only 20 minutes from me. Now, our newer car is not an SUV, so everything I had would not fit into it. I had to just take the feed that would fit, and the groceries and leave the rest for unloading when we got the SUV back from the shop. I called the repair shop and explained the situation…they said that they certainly would look into it, and ended up giving us a large discount saying that they should have caught that last time. I told them that they needed to replace everything else so that I wouldn’t be in this dangerous situation again…that it was only by God’s grace and protection that the lines had not broken on the road.
In all three of these occasions, I felt that the hand of God was on the vehicle protecting me on my trip until the vehicle was in a safe location. Just as if an angel was holding the brake line together, and in the case of the tire..putting their finger in the hole! Also amazingly, in two cases, my husband was able to pick me up within minutes as he already was on his way home. The first one, was still early in the day, and he had gone in early, so he also was able to leave early. The case of the flat tire, I was able to borrow a fellow club member’s vehicle to go and take care of my car situation and still teach my class.
I really felt that God was taking care of me just like it is described in Psalm 91. I really want to glorify God for doing so by giving him thanks and sharing this with all of you.
Thanks to God for sure!