Divine Protection! by Jennifer Guglielmo
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Psalms 121:1-2, 7-8 NIV
While planning a birthday party for me this week, my daughters, Maria and Claire were in a car accident. That is not a phone call you ever want to receive any time, let alone on your birthday! The car was totaled - deployed airbags and everything - yet the girls walked away with very minor bruises. As I went to the auto shop to look at the damage the next day, I could only be grateful to God for the safety of my children. However, even now as I sit here, I am struggling with the knowledge that although the Lord does “watch over our coming and going”, not everyone walks away from a car accident. I want to say, “Our God will always prevent all harm,” but I know from experience that’s just not true. The NASB translates this verse, “He will keep your soul.” Jesus tells us that we will have challenges in this world. If you’ve lived more than a couple weeks, your experience tells you the same! I AM enormously grateful my girls are safe after their accident, but the truth that “He will keep their souls,” is a far greater blessing, With this truth, I can know that when tragedy strikes (car accidents, cancer, abuse, etc.), God is keeping my soul now and for all eternity! A little over a week ago Annetta encouraged us to tell our stories. Like the blind man, the trials we face are part of our story. But the beauty is not that Jesus gives us health or vision. No, the best part of each of our stories is that Jesus saves (and keeps) our soul!